The long winter

The long winter

A South Dakota cow-calf producer says farmers and ranchers are ready for the snow to leave.

Shawn Weishaar, who farms north of Lemmon, says the cold, snowy conditions started in November. 

We’ve been looking at snow for a long time and it just wears on you, he says. “It’s part of life where we live, but we don’t always have winters like this. The last long winter I remember was in 1996 and 1997, which was when we decided to push back calving season to April.”

There’s a late season blizzard moving through this week that brought up to 18 inches of snow across the region, but only four inches have fallen at the Weishaar farm.