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Snow, frost could help soil moisture

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LA CROSSE COUNTY, Wisconsin (WXOW) - One local agriculture agent is saying the number of snowfalls this winter could help improve soil moisture, but farmers need to wait for the weather to warm up first.

La Crosse County UW-Extension Agriculture Agent Steve Huntzicker said as the frost in the ground begins to melt, farmers will see how much is soaked into the soil and how much is runoff into lakes and streams.

Either way, it increases water supply.

"Hopefully we're going to have a more even spring into the first part of our summer," Huntzicker said. "As we saw last year, it became very wet and hard to get those crops in in a timely manner. Hopefully we can get those back in the end of April into our month of May."

Huntzicker said the frost is very deep and that will affect the timing of when it comes out of the ground and when planting dates begin.
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