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By Drew Lawson
The Record-Times 

How local farmers prepare for winter

Wheat farmers, ranchers deal with cold conditions


Last updated 12/10/2022 at 3:01pm

Drew Lawson | The Record-Times

Cattle gather to feed on a cold, foggy day at Schneider Farms in Rocklyn Wednesday, Dec. 7.

DAVENPORT-Snow, ice, frost and fog are nothing new to residents of Lincoln County, many whom are wheat farmers and cattle ranchers. That doesn't mean winter conditions don't require planning, response and knowledge of what to do with the fields and cattle when such weather arrives.

Matt Schneider, a cattle rancher and wheat farmer in the Davenport area, said winter preparation often starts as early as September.

"Usually, it's all done before the weather hits," Schneider said. "We have wind breaks for the cattle. We put down bedding made of wheat straw, so they have a warm place to sleep on."...

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