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WI farmers welcome snowfall


MADISON (WKOW) -- The snow is a welcome sight for local farmers. Snow adds moisture to the ground and the U.S. Drought Monitor still lists most of our area as abnormally dry or in moderate drought.

This past season, Janesville farmer Doug Rebout says he lost about a third of what would be a normal corn harvest. That translates into roughly $2 million. "With farmers, you just sit and wait and you take what you get and you go on with it," Rebout says. Now, Wisconsin farmers are going with a lot of snow.

"The drought is not over but much of Wisconsin has been crawling its way out of the drought this winter which is odd, because typically winters are very dry," Wisconsin Farm Bureau Casey Langan says.

What farmers don't need is freezing rain because it kills hay, which is already in short supply. "Hay costs have gone up so high, in a normal year we have hay to sell. Well last year, whatever we produced, we kept for ourselves," Rebout says.

"A nice, deep layer of snow that's gunna melt down is really what's gunna help cure this drought," Langan says. Though climatologists say a foot of snow is roughly equal to an inch of water, both Langan and Rebout agree any bit of moisture helps.


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