The coronavirus has changed things in rural Minnesota, especially for farmers. Wanda Patsche and her husband are hog producers and corn and soybean farmers near Welcome, in the southern part of the state. She says it is not business as usual on the farm:
“We’re having to change the way we’ve always done things in the past. No longer can we just walk into businesses and do our business, we have to call ahead, if we need to order parts or whatever, things are always set outside. So its a lot of planning ahead, a lot of phone work, it seems like.”
Patsche says they are also doing a lot of on-line shopping and on-line communicating. She is hoping for a normal spring planting period, so things don’t get more complicated.