Michiana farmers talk challenges in severe cold

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"A couple of years, we've had fairly mild winters, which for most people is great but we really, on a farm and control side, we need those cold temperatures to kill off those bugs," said Steve Williams, Fulton County Farm Bureau president.

It's one major upside for local farmers when it comes to the brutal cold.
But that also means changes in the soil.

"Anytime soil gets below 50 degrees, from a biologicial standpoint of cropland, all bacteria stop functioning, insect burrow deeper into ground to stay warm," said Charlie Houin, Marshall County Farm Bureau president.

Though livestock can handle the cold, a local dairy farmer says he must make sure the milk inside his cows does not freeze.

Williams explains his own challenges with livestock.

"We still have to use tractors and machinery to take care of our livestock. We have to get them feed, we have to get them hay. We have to make sure their water is staying available for them," he said.

Another trouble that most drivers will understand are mechanical issues from the cold. Houin said they've been servicing tractors and other equipment, and taking semis off the road.

But he adds, ultimately, it's winter, and this isn't most farmer's first time around.