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Monday, March 23, 2015

Great timing: Wet snow after a prairie burn!

What's good for a prairie? A big wet snow right after a burn!

A big wet snow brings down lots of moisture but causes no soil erosion. As the snow melts, the water slowly seeps into the ground. Ideal, this time of year, just before early spring warm-up.

We are especially blessed this  year because we got almost all of our prairie burns finished just a few days ago. Great timing. Pure luck!

A big wet snow is not too uncommon in southern Wisconsin. Sometimes it's a record snow, such as April 8-9, 1973 (the night my daughter was born), when  Madison got 13 inches of very heavy snow.
Such late snows are sometimes called the "farmer's friend", for obvious reasons.


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