FORSYTH — They raced east to west across the mile-long wheat field like swimmers in a lap pool, their harvesters sending ripples through the golden grain.
Montana’s $1 billion wheat crop caught a break Tuesday when a major Washington grain terminal began loading ships again after a union-caused six-week shutdown.
Montana appears headed for another billion-dollar wheat crop, though wet weather has dramatically slowed spring harvest in the northern counties.
Hungry for U.S. wheat, Chinese millers are making a rare stop in Montana this week to see the Treasure State crop.
Montana’s $1.7 billion wheat industry is watching cautiously as foreign buyers react negatively to unauthorized genetically modified wheat discovered in Oregon.
The beer business has been pretty good to Montana farmers. But despite strong payments for malt barley, the crop is losing ground, according to grain experts.
With roughly a quarter-million farm acres unseeded due to rains and flooding, Montana farmers were alarmed Thursday by federal reports that crop seedings surpassed expectations.
With a record-breaking wheat harvest and strong prices, Montana may have its third $1 billion wheat harvest in four years.
GREAT FALLS — Montana’s farmland yielded a record year for wheat in terms of bushels and prices are strong, but when the final tally on the value of the 2009 crop is made it will be hard to tell that those factors existed.
A poster at Z Pizza advertises organic Montana winter wheat. Organic wheat prices have taken a plunge in recent months due to the economic recession and a glut of grain at flour mills. Organic farmers who were used to getting around $12 per bushel for are now faced with prices around the $8 …
Scott Thaw makes organic pizza dough at Z Pizza on Tuesday, January 19, 2010.