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Farmers Braving The Cold And Snow

March 5, 2014, 5:02 PM by Sammi Bjelland

Farmers Braving The Cold And Snow
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

The cold weather is taking its toll on everyone, especially those who have to work outside.

Simple tasks like shoveling out after a big snowfall can take up a lot of time out on the farm.

"It usually takes me about 4 hours if I want to clear everything, like the whole yard out," farmer Carson Kranz said. 

"In order to get vehicles, trucks in and out, it's just something you have to do. That's pretty normal after a good snow," farmer Alex Ruesink said. 

Ruesink says once they do get shoveled out, the weather brings other problems.

"On a night, like last night, if we were calving it would be a mess. It'd be a battle. You'd fight all throughout the night. It'd be nice to get a little decent temperatures. When the temperatures go up and down, and fluctuate so much, you're looking at a lot of sick cows," Ruesink said. 

The farmers say this winter seems a little different than years past.

"Colder I guess. Not as much snow as last year, but colder. A lot colder," farmer Jim Lenards said. 

"I'd say on the snow amount, we're probably pretty normal. It's nice at least we're not freezing. We went through that month or so it was real cold. That was a battle. It makes everything harder," Ruesink said. 

And they're right.

The Kranzburg and Castlewood areas, where we met up with these farmers, have seen less snow than past years. But it is much colder. This is the 7th coldest winter on record for the area.

These farmers say it's just part of the job.

"Cold. Windy. But I guess that's kind of a normal thing here. So kind of used to it. But it'd still be nice for summer to come around," Kranz said. 

"The cold is a little tough on a guy. But it really doesn't bother. It's just winter," Lenards said. 

Something everyone hopes will end very soon.

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