Farmers in Manitowoc County are seeing a large percentage of their alfalfa crops fail due to a cold, wet spring. According to Scott Gunderson, an agriculture specialist for the UW Extension, the unsatisfactory conditions were the cause of at least 10,000 acres of alfalfa fields laying barren, which may leave many farmers searching for other ways to feed their cows. Many farmers were able to store their hay crops from last year, but for those who didn’t, hay prices could jump in price once the reserves become more and more scarce. The need to buy feed for cattle has caused many farmers to have to borrow money just to keep their farms operational.