Record warm weather allows more outdoor work

The unusual holiday weather is allowing some Wisconsin farmers a chance to get more outdoor work completed.  Tom Gillis farms near River Falls in western Wisconsin.  He tells Brownfield with a week of warm weather near 50 degrees, he’s certain there’s no frost in the ground.  Gillis says at least one of his neighbors is applying manure. “There could be some manure applied. I think I had the aroma the other night when we were going to our son and daughter-in-law’s place for Christmas.”

Gillis says another nearby farmer is also taking advantage of having no frost. “We had a neighbor that put in some electrical wires for an irrigation system I know that was digging in the dirt with no troubles.”

Gillis says most of the outdoor activity has been with projects that get put off during the crop season. “It seems like what everybody is doing now is cleaning up brush and tree lines, and things of that nature that were maybe combining two fields or something, you know, that was kind of put on the back burner and we’ve got time to do it now.”

He says next week, like most farmers, his attention turns to tax preparation.

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