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Late Spring Shouldn't Affect Potato CropSubmitted: 05/20/2013
Story By Lex Gray


ANTIGO - Most of us waited eagerly for spring so we could start our summer hobbies.

But farmers wait for spring so they can get to work.

John Schroeder runs a potato farm in Antigo.

He says the late spring could mean a bad harvest for crops like alfalfa, but potatoes should be just fine.

"It generally started a little wet and cold, he said. "We were probably three or four days behind planting right now, but we had a good week last week, so we're catching up."

Schroeder farms 2,200 acres.

He started planting May 2 and says he's on schedule to finish by the first week of June.

No matter what the summer weather is like, Schroeder is confident in his crop.

"Our crop is 100 percent irrigated, so we're pretty much not dependent on the rain," he said. "The ground is in really good shape, so we're expecting a good crop coming out this fall."

Langlade County is one of the top producers of seed potatoes in the state.

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