- Some farmers get ready to plant new crops around this time of year.
But the planting season could be pushed back this spring.
That could hurt potato farmers in Langlade County.
Some seed distributors expect a late start for crops because of the long, cold winter.
They want farmers to wait for better soil conditions before they start working on their fields.
Farmers can ruin their crops by working with cold, wet soil.
"You might damage the seed. You may have rot, decay, problems with the seed. You can also deteriorate the quality of your soil, where it gets compacted and it doesn't accept nutrients and water properly," said Joel Zalewski, the Northern Area Manager of Frontier-Servco FS.
Some seed distributors remind farmers that the damage from working with cold soil can't be undone.
They believe the best way to grow healthy crops this year is to push back the planting date.
And that will affect the potato growers in Langlade County.
"Their very susceptible to cold soils and high moisture. A normal start date is May 7th to May 10th. This year, it's still far enough in the future, it's hard to predict but it'll probably be significantly later than that," said Zalewski.
Farming experts believe the best thing farmers can do while they wait for good soil conditions, is to buy seeds and make a growing plan.
|Story By: Karolina Buczek