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.


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

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