It's been cold and now the snow. How is the return of winter affecting Wisconsin's crops?

The heavy, wet snow actually may be good news. David Fischer, a crop and soil specialist with the UW-Extension in Dane County, says it's moisture and they always like spring moisture. But if good weather doesn't follow soon it will delay spring planting.

Fischer says as long as corn and soybean get in the ground by May first yields shouldn't be affected too much but he's concerned for farmers trying to catch up.

They can work very hard for seven to ten days trying to get back on schedule but they need to take a breather, Fischer says, so they don't end up hurting themselves.

Fischer says the latest blast of winter shouldn't have much affect on alfalfa, winter wheat or strawberries but following the snow, spring weather can't come soon enough.

AUDIO: Jim Dick reports ( 1:05 MP3 )

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