Farmers would really like warm up
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MILWAUKEE - Mother Nature was not kind to farmers last year. This year is shaping up to be better, but the cold is starting to drone on a bit long for farmers who would like to get into the fields and start planting soon.
No one is too nervous yet. "There's an old wives tale that if you have a late spring, you have a late fall as well," said Casey Langan with the Wisconsin Farm Bureau.
Farmers could use a good year after last year's drought. The rain has helped a lot. We're now out of the drought in southeast Wisconsin.
While last year was bad, Langan says it actually could have been worse. That's thanks to new seed technology, which makes corn grown today very resilient. "Even with last year's drought, the amount of corn that was harvested in this nation last year would have set a record in 1993," said Langan.
Langan says there is one drought hangover to watch for this year. The price of meat is likely to rise at your local grocery store.
"We have the smallest cattle heard in the US since the 1950s." That's because farmers thinned out the herds so that there would be fewer mouths to feed during the drought.
That initially led meat prices to drop. But Langan says eventually the prices is going to rise.