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SOUTH RANGE - The ground is wet and hay reserves are drying up.
It is a combination making things difficult for Liebaert's on their South Range beef farm.
Last year's early spring weather was almost perfect for growing hay in the area.
"It was kind of a boon to use because we'd been kind of on a drought year so everybody was a little low on hay," Liebaert said.
Finally, farmers were stocking up on hay for their cows.
But a shortage in other parts of the Midwest last season made hay prices skyrocket.
Many local farmers decided to sell off their extra hay, which is something they may be regretting now.
"So, most of the hay that would have just been just sitting around waiting for a year like this got sold out of the area, so farmers that are short of hay right now cannot not even find hay in this area," Liebaert said.
The Liebaerts didn't sell any of their hay, but now their supplies are running thin.
As of Tuesday, they have 21 round bails left to feed, but last year they had more than 100 that they didn't even need at that time.
If the grass doesn't green up fairly soon it will be hard to keep the cows fully fed.
"I'm just hoping that if we can get it by the 15th we could be saved; most of the farmers will make it," Liebaert said.
A green pasture would take pressure off those costly hay bails, with cows eating natural grass.
Warm days like Tuesday give these farmers hope, but another cold snap could cause serious problems.
"I think you could see some animals that you could almost qualify as being underfed," Liebaert said.
The next few weeks will be crucial in the Northland as farmers spend another year hoping for the best on a less–than–dependable weather cycle.
"Either there's not enough rain, there's too much rain, it's too hot or too cold," Liebaert said. "We understand that sometimes it sounds like we're complaining but the reality is that nature has not been real kind the last few years to the farmers."