Recent heavy rain delays area farmers, crop planting
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BELGIUM, Wis. - Just a few days ago, Wisconsin was dealing with floods and non-stop rain.
That has affected our state's farmers and crops.
"This is an in-ground growing greenhouse," said Debra Jo Becker, the owner of Rare Earth Farm in Belgium.
Preparations there are underway to plant pole beans into the soil.
Outside the greenhouse, there's no activity.
According to Becker, you can blame Mother Nature.
"She's the ultimate farm manager. We can plant until we're blue in the face, but she has the last say," Becker told TODAY'S TMJ4's Melissa McCrady.
Rare Earth is a community-supported agriculture farm near Belgium in Ozaukee County.
It sells mostly vegetables, some fruit and some herbs to local families.
'If we had ideal conditions, we would have peas, spinach, carrots. All of that would have been direct-seeded in the fields by now," said Becker.
Although conditions aren't ideal, she says they aren't unusual either.
"There have been times when we just can't get into the fields until late April, early May."
The soil looks dry on top, but it's wet underneath, too wet to sustain heavy equipment and machinery.
"We don't want to compact the soil too much, so if we have to wait, we have to wait," explained Becker.
"You never know what Mother Nature's going to give us, so if we wait now, we may have a wonderful streak in May that just speeds things along, and we'll be back on schedule."
If Mother Nature cooperates, farmers at Rare Earth Farm hope to return to the fields by the end of the week.