Snow brings optimism to Eau Claire Farm Show

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis (WEAU)--The record breaking March snowfall is leaving Western Wisconsin farmers with optimism heading to this year’s growing season.

After severe heat and dry conditions left many area farmers with disappointing yields in 2012, the high snow totals this winter may bring a much different growing season in 2013.

“We'll see how things progress but right now it’s starting to look favorable with moisture,” said Tim Jackson with Munson Hybrids.

“With this moisture coming, it looks great,” said James Carlson with Dahlman Seeds.

At the 50th Eau Claire Farm Show, more than 300 vendors came out to the Eau Claire Indoor Sports Center to show off their latest innovations to get ready for the planting season.

“It helps the farmers get out there and visit with vendors and friends and neighbors and other farmers, and see what’s new out there for them," said Sally Henry, co-owner of the Eau Claire Farm Show.

“Our hybrids are changing and we have a lot more drought seeds that are built to withstand a lot more stress,” said Jackson.

“With the new corn genetics, we sell, corn does pretty well,” said Carlson.

But with the cost of production from fuel to land prices on the rise, area farmers says they’re still hoping for more periodic rain or snow in to spring.

“We are in these times, so if we don't get water it will be tough, but, I’m optimistic and I think most producers are so I wish them the best of luck,” said Jackson.

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