While most of us grumble about having to dig out after a snow fall like we got last weekend, it can be more than just a minor hassle for people on the farm.
 
Starland County Senior Agricultural Fieldman Alan Hampton believes it could make things difficult for cattle producers.
 
"Some guys are starting to calve, some guys maybe are into it a little bit and some are getting close that could cause a little bit of trouble in their calving areas or pens with the extra moisture, so Scours could be an issue, or maybe cows having calves in snowbanks," he outlined."
 
On the other hand, the extra moisture could be good for grain crops, although Hampton concedes even they don't want too much.
 
"If we get another big one come mid-March, then you'll probably start seeing people get a little bit squeamish, but right now, I don't think this will have a huge impact," he told 99.5 Drum FM. "We were fairly dry, generally; there's areas that had caught a little extra moisture that this will probably run off and cause some potholes and stuff in the lower parts of fields."
 
"If you're trying to calve cows out, this kind of stuff can be a headache. On the positive side, though, it should be good for grass growth and it should fill up some dugouts and sloughs, so it's kind of a double edged sword," concluded Hampton. "Part of it kind of sucks and the other side is actually quite beneficial."
 

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