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Moist Winter Helping With Crops

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Montanans experienced a brutal winter with record-breaking amounts of snow, but the moisture kept the soil perfect for crops.

"Brutal winter also really charged the soil with a lot of water, full profile of water down through the soil, soaked it in good and we got a lot of rain in the spring and really got that winter wheat going good,” said Justin Downs, a farmer out of Molt.

Downs says this winter wheat crop might be the best he's cut in a long time because of the precipitation. He says his spring crops, like sunflowers and peas, are looking good as well because of the rain this spring. The National Weather Service reports the winter last year was drier, but we had a wet spring.

"That actually did end up bringing us back up to normal conditions so both years about this point were pretty close to normal conditions but just the way things played out were quite a bit different,” says Tom Frieders, warning coordination meteorologist at NWS Billings.

Now, producers are dealing with the summer heat. "We’ve dried out here in the last three weeks and you can really see it start to take its toll,” Downs says. “Everything's getting a little brown, the grass is drying up real fast with this wind and the heat."

And as always, Downs says he will continue adapting to Mother nature.

Even though our region is moist, parts of Southwestern Montana is facing abnormally dry conditions, according to the United States Drought Monitor.

 

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