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Power outage isn't only worry for one Wilsonville farmer

Margaret Ruf lives near Wilsonville and was impacted by the April snowstorm (NTV News)

Power crews are still working to restore electricity to farmers after a snow stow 10 days ago.

One Wilsonville farmer said it's no longer the power she's worried about.

"We just have to deal with mother nature as we can," Margaret Ruf said after the April snowstorm. "We don't know what damage is being done to the wheat crop. Whether we will have a wheat crop or not."

The storm could put the livelihood of some farmers in danger. "You won't know that until the combines go back to the field," Ruf said. "Commodity prices are so low anyway that you've got to raise a good crop in order to even meet expenses."

Ruf said power at her home came back on Saturday night, but it could be June before it's on again for her stock wells and irrigation pivots, forcing her family to haul water to livestock and depend on generators.

"Just another little added chore to trying to plant corn and everything else," Ruf said.

Twin valleys public power hopes to have power back on in the next two weeks, but Ruf thinks the wait might be longer.

"Could be a month, could be more, it just depends on what difficulties they run into, and one of the many challenges the power crews are up against is this sticky mud. It literally grabs onto you and sucks you right in. It's not just slowing down the power crews, but farmers as well," she said.

Ruf says this pivot needs to move so she can get corn in the ground, but if power isn't back soon, "We'll probably plant on both sides of it and leave a strip. That will be the better option; to lose one strip versus the whole field," she said.

As she maps out a plan B, Ruf is hoping this storm won't have more consequences come harvest time.

"Last year, we probably had the best wheat crop that we've had in my life time, and this year we may not have a crop, on account of this snow storm," Ruf said. "That's what the farmer deals with every year. You put the seed in the ground and pray that the good Lord will give you a crop. Some years he does, some years he doesn't. But, that's what keeps us humble."

Another concern for farmers here is cattle.

Ruf said she and many others lost baby calves and cows in the snow storm, and there will probably be more losses because many of the ones that did survive now have weakened lungs and immune systems.

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