Between a very harsh winter, pending storm, corn harvested|
|There are a few things you don’t expect to see on a sunny April 2 afternoon, especially after one of the coldest and most snowy winters on record.|
But there it was: Tom Schmidt rolling across a field northeast of Antigo combining corn from the 2013 growing season making his very likely first harvest of the 2014 season.
“There’s a lot of snow out there,” Schmidt said during an unloading stop.
He will be forced to miss some edges and corners of the crop, and there was a worrisome puddle in the middle of the field. He put his hand at about the middle of his chest to signal how deep the snow is along those edges and corners. That combine certainly wasn’t going to make it through that.
Schmidt said he was looking at the weather and wanted to get into the field because he wanted to beat a thaw that might get the combine stuck in the mud. But he had to go late enough to avoid the staggering snow that covered the area only two weeks ago.
He was also working to beat a storm that will be arriving later today that could complicate the process.
The National Weather Service said today that a late season storm will bring mixed precipitation to the area tonight and Friday as a low pressure system moves from the Plains.
The storm watch area includes Antigo and Langlade County.
The weather service is calling for rain and snow this afternoon and evening, and then on Friday, freezing rain, snow and sleet. Depending on temperatures, there may be icing on trees and utility lines.
The service also said that from three to six inches of snow are possible, with lesser amounts of an inch or two south of a line from Wausau to Keshena and then to Crivitz.
With the ice, the service suggests winds may cause problems for those ice-laden trees and lines.
Schmidt probably just made it, completing that Star Neva Road field later Wednesday afternoon.
In the top picture, Tom Schmidt pilots a combine across a very snowy field west of Star Neva Road Wednesday afternoon, and in the lower photo, empties the load.
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