Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Farmers Alfalfa Crop Deals with Hard WinterSubmitted: 05/23/2013
Story By Hayley Tenpas


DEERBROOK - Wisconsin farmers depend on alfalfa crop for feeding dairy cows.

Usually, alfalfa survives winter.

But a long, cold, and difficult winter is making things hard for many farmers.

"That's rot. The plant is green, and it's growing but it's not going to make another cutting," said farmer Jason Nagel.

This year's growing season will be a challenge for him.

"We had to scramble fast, we had to start tearing up fields that we anticipated to have hay off of," said Nagel.

450 of Jason's 510 acres are ruined, and instead of full green fields, we see patchy, crunchy, dead alfalfa.

Crop Consultant Chuck Bolte says a year of weird weather is to blame.

"Basically our issues this year were with the winter weather and last year's drought at the end of the growing season. And that's affected a lot of the alfalfa that was in the ground and we have a lot of winter kill," said Bolte "For the dairy farms of Langlade county and north eastern WI, alfalfa wise we're pretty desperate."

Winter kill affected 90 percent of alfalfa crops.

"When I walked the fields with our insurance adjuster the one day, it was the sickest feeling I've had in years. You walk out and you've got this brown stubble that's here. There's nothing there. And you have eleven hundred animals to feed," said Nagel.

Alfalfa crop from this farm goes directly into silage, which gets fed to about 600 dairy cows.

The temporary fix for feeding 600 cows means outsourcing feed, re-planting hundreds of acres and hoping for the best.

"We can do everything we think is right, we can follow the textbook, follow the research we can follow everybody's advice, but in the end it's what mother nature deals us," said Nagel.


Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

Play Video

RHINELANDER - Fishermen in Rhinelander took advantage of the beautiful weather Saturday.

The Rhinelander Lions Club held their 40th fisheree on Boom Lake.

Lions Club Vice President Dan Hoppe loves seeing everyone that comes out, especially the kids.

+ Read More

Play Video

WOODRUFF - Valentine's Day falls on a weekend for the second year in a row.

That's good news for local restaurants, which can expect more people to come in, but the weekend holiday isn't great for some other businesses, especially floral shops.

+ Read More

MADISON - Wisconsin Department of Corrections Secretary Ed Wall has resigned amid an investigation into allegations of abuse at the state's youth prison.

+ Read More

Play Video

- National and local elections will create headlines over the next year.

The next time Wisconsin goes to the polls is April 5 for the spring primary.

The League of Women Voters of the Northwood's is working hard to remind you of the recent changes to the photo ID requirements to cast your ballot.

+ Read More

ST. GERMAIN - Fans and racers with a need for speed won't need to wait any longer for the Radar Run.

Two days of snowmobile dragging and bikini races started Friday in St. Germain.

+ Read More

Play Video

ST. GERMAIN - Driving a sled 140 miles per hour across a frozen lake may not be everyone's idea of fun.

But for those that do enjoy it, the St. Germain Radar Run kicked off Friday.

"It's an adrenaline rush like you wouldn't believe," said Joey Strub of Stillwater, Minnesota.

+ Read More

Play Video

NORTHWOODS - Habitat for Humanity Northwoods Wisconsin helps provide housing to those in need. Now, they're starting a new program to help people with minor home improvement projects.

"A Brush with Kindness" is a program for economically disadvantaged families.Habitat for Humanity Northwoods Wisconsin is now looking for families in need.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: 




Click Here