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Lingering Snowpack Latest Concern For MO Farmers

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMOX) -  A heavy layer of snow still blankets much of rural Missouri following last week’s storm, and that has farmers worried about the weeks and months ahead.

Not only that, says Missouri Farm Bureau spokesman Kelly Smith, the biggest immediate impact of the heavy snowfall has been on livestock farmers.

“Especially cattle that are outside across the fields,” Smith tells KMOX News.  “To be able to get hay and feed out to those livestock is probably the biggest challenge that we’re facing right now.”

Depending on how fast the remainder of the snow melts, spring planting could be delayed — and then of course there are concerns about moderate to major flooding predicted for the coming months that could threaten thousands of acres of low-lying farmland.

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