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Weather perfect for field maintenance

The unusually mild winter and early spring have given many farmers a chance to do some field maintenance.

Jack Herricks raises corn and alfalfa for his 600-cow dairy farm in the driftless area east of Cashton, Wisconsin.

He tells Brownfield the unusual conditions have allowed him to work on the soil conservation features in his very hilly fields. “We’re getting the waterway repairs done before we would do that drilling. There’s still kind of a carry-over yet from the 2018 and 2019 floods, and we just keep kind of working at them each spring as we rotate contours.”

Herricks says having almost no frost this winter and no mud now is an opportunity to take the trapped soil from the grass waterways and put it back on the fields where it belongs. “You know, it ain’t very often that we get these kind of conditions that we can have time to do this sort of work without planting pressure on us.”

Herricks says after reseeding the grass waterways, he’ll be drilling a mixture of alfalfa and oats before switching over to planting corn.

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