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Farmers concerned as freezing temperatures quickly approaching

WATERTOWN (WKOW) — As the temperature starts to dip below freezing, some farmers are struggling to get crops out of their fields in time.

As the Mess family in Watertown starts to harvest some of their corn to prepare food storage for their cows this winter, it’s not all looking great.

“We have not experienced any loss due to mold or rot so far,” Pat Mess said. “What we are having is an inability to get crop out of the field because of the wet soil conditions.”

Mess says he can’t wait much longer, as they’re in a race against time with freezing temperatures just around the corner.

He says some of his corn would be perfect to harvest as feed for his cows but the fields are so wet he can’t get equipment out before the freeze kills it off.

The corn can still be harvested but if it dies after a freeze, it will be too dry to ferment over the winter.

That will make it low quality feed for the cows, making more of an issue down the road.

As for his soybeans, he’s expecting more than $30,000 worth of crop will be lost.

This is the second year in a row they’ve lost a large amount of their soybeans.

“They’re garbage, left in the field to rot,” Mess said.

27 News was out on their land last year as the Crawfish River overtook part of their farmland.

The messes don’t even plant on this land anymore because of how bad it floods.

And he says it’s an issue many farmers are having to deal with.

“There’s a lot of instances of people trying to adapt to it, trying to either go with that low compaction equipment or simply avoid taking field all together and hoping that it dries out,” Mess said.

Even though he says there are days where thoughts of giving up on farming creep up, there’s no way he could follow through.

“For me it’s in my blood, it’s who I’ve always been it’s what we do, so to not do it would be very difficult,” he said.

Francisco Almenara

Reporter, WKOW

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