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UPDATE: Wet weather delays farmers hitting fields

EASTON (WAOW) - Fields are turning into battlefields for farmers from the rain and mud.

"It just keeps going on and on and on, and it seems like there isn't any relief in sight," said James Juedes of Easton.

First, farmers dealt with a long winter with frigid temperatures. Now, constant rain is causing flooding and a sea of mud.

"We just need some warm weather, some sunshine and some wind in order to get things going, because there's a lot of work that needs to get done before the seeds get put in the ground,” said Juedes.

Juedes says he can't even get his equipment out to the fields to plant corn and alfalfa seeds. According to a state agriculture report, most Wisconsin farmers have yet to do much fieldwork. The report says there were only two days suitable for work last week, and little has changed for this week.

Juedes says he's starting to feel the pressure.

"The key is timing and right now we're kind of behind the eight ball as far as the timing issue," said Juedes.

Farmers now will have to plant around puddles, which means they can lose acres of land. Juedes says this flooding is pushing his entire season back.

"We're already probably two weeks behind schedule as far as planting and getting the fieldwork done, and there's really no way to make it up I mean except work 24/7," said Juedes.

The mess is not only affecting crops. It's affecting Juedes too.

"I'm sick of looking at the mud,” said Juedes. “I'd like to have green grass and stuff growing."

With more rain headed our way, there's only one thing on his mind.

"We need sunshine and we need warm temperatures," said Juedes.

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