Snow Hinders Local Farmers

by Emily Baird on February 16, 2010 at 6:48 am

Farmers are finding it difficult to manage their property with all this snow, but they still have to find a way to dig out and to get food and water to livestock.

Tractors are able to handle the fresh snow. Yet, snow piles are growing and becoming hard.

"If we get on some frozen ground, it can be a safety issue. Tractors can skid on icy conditions. Right now, with all that snow, it’s not as grave of an issue, " says Mark Mechling of the OSU Extension Program.

Farmers also need to keep their lanes open and the area around their barnyard.

"Many of them live back fairly long lanes. If they’re a dairyman, they need to keep those lanes open so milk can be shipped out. Perhaps they’re getting a feed delivery or maybe a veterinarian needs to get in, " says Mechling.

The snow hasn’t really affected crops though. Mechling says the snow acts as a great insulator for the winter wheat crop, but melting of the snow could cause possible flooding and make things really muddy.