Winter weather impacting crops, cattle

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“The upside of farming is that I get to work outside; I get to work with my family,” Kearny County farmer Kyler Millershaski said. “The downside of farming is when we get weather like this. I still get to work outside.”

Millershaski is now facing his biggest battle with mother nature.

“What happens when you have extreme cold is you’ll get what we call winter kill,” he said.

It’s a big threat to his wheat, but six inches of snow last week may protect the crop.

“The snow has air pockets in between the snow and the ground,” Millershaski said while digging through inches of snow. “So that actually insulated the wheat a little bit.”

This season, he said his family planted red and white winter wheat, so the crops should produce well in this type of weather.

But what the this snow and cold weather won’t help with are his cattle.

“We really want to make sure we stay on top of any sick calves or cows,” he said.

In spring of 2017, he and his family lost several cows to freezing weather.

So, this year, they’re being extra cautious.

“We’re putting out windbreaks for them and putting out extra food, so that they don’t have to dig through the snow,” he said. “You gotta to make sure they get enough calories, and good calories.”

Depending what the cattle are on for feed, Millershaski said he’s putting out different supplements to keep his cattle warm, fat and happy this winter. 

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