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Crop prices could be impacted from snowstorm damage



Winter storms may not be hitting the immediate area, but they could impact corn and soybean prices for local farmers.

Brad Rippey, United States Department of Agriculture meteorologist, said the amount of crop loss will on the corn’s maturity.

“There is still a portion of the crop that has not even reached the denting stage, and that portion of the crop could be lost if it is too immature,” Rippey said. “For the crop that has at least dented, the amount of loss for that crop is usually fairly limited.”

Rippey said the states most likely impacted will be Montana, Wyoming, North and South Dakota, and possibly western Nebraska.

In addition to snow, Rippey added cold air coming behind these most recent storms could hit soybeans.

“When it does get cold, especially after some wet weather, we could see pod-shattering types of conditions where you lose the pods as they burst open and the beans fall to the field,” Rippey said.

Farmers were already facing a delayed harvest because of recent wet weather and late planting in the spring. Rippey said farmers in the impacted region still have almost 10 percent of the spring wheat in the field.

Kaitlyn Riley’s passion for communications started on her family’s dairy farm in Gays Mills, Wis. Wanting to share agriculture’s story, she studied strategic communications and broadcast journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In college, she held officer positions with the Association of Women in Agriculture and Badger Dairy Club while volunteering as a news reporter for the college radio station. She also founded the university’s first agricultural radio talk show, AgChat. In her professional career, Kaitlyn has worked in radio, print and television news doing everything from covering local events to interviewing presidential candidates, and putting back on her barn boots to chat with farmers in the field. Today, Kaitlyn can be seen covering local stories that matter to you in the La Crosse area.

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