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PALMYRA, Mo. (AP) - Modern conveniences are helping farmers through the cold weather, but that doesn't mean it's easy.

Temperatures in the Palmyra area of northeast Missouri have dipped below zero a few times this winter, and more frigid weather is expected next week.

Troy Disselhorst, who runs a cow-calf operation south of Palmyra, told the Quincy (Ill.) Herald-Whig that there was a time when tractors didn't have cabs. Now, tractors with heated cabs are commonplace.

Still, Disselhorst says raising cattle becomes more time-consuming in bitter cold weather. Farmers must chop ice on ponds to make sure the animals have water, and they must make sure there is adequate shelter and feed.

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Information from: The Quincy Herald-Whig,http://www.whig.com

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