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Wisconsin Harvest Delayed By Rain and Snow

 RINGLE (WAOW) -- As if farmers weren't already dealing with the impact of the tariffs and low milk prices, reports from the USDA  show mother nature wasn't on their side this year, making 2019 a slow harvest season.

The reports show corn and soybean harvests were three weeks behind the five-year average, which made it one of the slowest harvest paces in 40 years.

"It's just been one of those years where you don't know and every day is a struggle," said James Juedes, a dairy farmer in Ringle.

Juedes said he relies on those crops he grows to feed his cattle.

"It was a struggle chopping it off and not being able to feed the cows," he said.

2019 was the wettest year for Wisconsin, bringing in 41.75 inches of rain though November.

"It snowed on the ground before it really froze and snowed as a great insulator so it's been challenging, to say the least, to harvest whatever was out there," Juedes said.

He hopes 2020 will be a better harvesting season.

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