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Wisconsin farmer expects an unusual 2022

A Wisconsin farmer says 2022 is going to be unlike any other.

Third-generation dairy farmer Josh Meissner with Norm-E Lane Dairy near Marshfield, Wisconsin tells Brownfield, “It’s going to be quite the ride. That’s all I keep telling everybody. We’ve got to manage risk like never before and we’ve got to be prepared for the unprecedented.”

Meissner says soil moisture is decent, even with less snow cover this winter. “In central Wisconsin, we’re actually really good. We had a good fall. We had a good year last year moisture wise and we went into winter in really good shape, so that pocket of our area is really good.”

And that has Meissner optimistic about feed supplies. “We had a great year last year so inventories are high and we’re in a position where we can, given a good crop year this year, we’ll be in an even better position going into next year if we can control that.”

Meissner says his farm was able to get the necessary crop inputs last fall and very early this year.

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