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Long winter affecting local farmers

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email
The winter weather is also causing problems for local farmers. The extended cold weather drives up costs and affects planting.

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LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - The winter weather is also causing problems for local farmers. The extended cold weather drives up costs and affects planting.

Workers at Hillview Stables in London are once again working in the cold on Tuesday.

"It just seems like it won't end," said Rick Gregory, owner and operator at Hillview Stables.

The freezing weather this winter is taking a toll on the farm. Gregory says the dropping temperatures drive up costs.

"Electric bills, gas bills, everything is way, way higher than normal," Gregory said.

This latest blast of winter adds more issues.

"It means a lot more feeding, a lot more hay, and a lot more feed for the animals. It's very unusual to last this long," Gregory said.

Agriculture agents say other farmers are also feeling the pinch this winter.

"The attitude of farmers because they have had to put out more effort this year, more hay, and stock doesn't look as good as it has in the past in the more mild winters," said Wayne Kirby, the UK Knox County Extension Agriculture Agent.

He says this latest round of cold and snow will probably affect crops too.

"It's probably going to delay planting on a few crops because it's all based on the soil temperatures but really starting now through the month of April, we'd really like for it to warm up," Kirby said.

"It's probably going to make things later this year if it doesn't warm up quick because the soil is so cold. That's what makes it sprout when it warms up. It won't sprout when it's cold," said Gregory.

Hillview Stables is known for its pumpkin patch in the fall. Gregory says they do not plant pumpkins until June, so they should not be affected. The pumpkin patch is expected to open the third week in September.


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