Farm planting season slow starting, may benefit from late snow

While snow may have delayed planting season for area farmers, but that doesn’t mean the news is all bad.

Staff at the La Crosse County Extension office say the snow fall may be beneficial, giving extra moisture after a relatively dry winter.

While the planting has been delayed… farmers will want to be planted by mid to late May.

The timing may depend on what soil they are working with.

“If you have sandier soil, it’s going to dry out a lot faster. Where in the north they may have more clay, so it might take a little bit longer. So with here, if you’re higher up on the bluffs it might take a little bit longer for it to dry out enough to plant,” said Kaitlyn Lance, Agriculture agent with the La Crosse County UW-Extension office.

Officials say it is still too early to say if any crops are greatly impacted by the late start.