National Agricultural Statistics Service
That iconic Montana image of combines trundling through winter wheat in July may have to wait because of cool, wet weather in May and June.
More than 62 million bushels of wheat remained stored on Montana farms in the first quarter because of lower-than-expected prices and shipping challenges.
With grain markets in flux, Montana farmers say they will back away from spring wheat and plant other crops this season, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
WORDEN — The Karst family dropped everything and fired up their beet digger Sunday after Western Sugar sounded the alarm about rain.
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.
A month ago, it didn't look like Bernhardt farm west of Park City would ever see rain again.
When Dave Hofer’s piggies go to market, they’re often bound for Japan or China, which is why the Montana Hutterite is closely watching Trans Pacific free trade talks.
Every spring, with an entire growing season ahead, the first thing to rise from a farmer’s field is potential, but potential is withering in southern Montana’s lingering drought.
BRUSETT — It’s 9 a.m. and the vast Eastern Montana prairie in Casey Coulter’s windshield is giving way to piney hills and the snowcapped Little Rocky Mountains, which the former bank loan officer points to as evidence he’s not crazy.
CASPER, Wyo. — Robert Keith is something of an anomaly among Wyoming ranchers this year. He has hay. One morning last week, Keith loaded square bales from a bucket loader onto a flatbed trailer at his farm on the outskirts of Casper. Keith’s farm draws water from the Casper Alcova Irrigation…
CASPER, Wyo. — With a custom-barreled 1985 shotgun strapped to the roof of his Polaris Ranger ATV, Tim Fish carts down washboard dirt roads on a ranch south of Casper, scanning the cresting ridges for rogue coyotes.
POWELL — If you set out to design the perfect sugar beet harvest, the model wouldn't be far off the real thing that played out in the fall of 2012 in Western Sugar Cooperative's Lovell Factory District.
For the second year in a row, Montana wheat values have surpassed $1 billion, a high watermark achieved only four times.
Most years, there are semi trucks heaped with sugar beets rumbling off of the Nedens family farm like clockwork in September.
MOLT — As combines chewed through Kevin Downs' golden wheat acres this week, the farmer found reason to smile.
North Dakota farmers this year planted the fewest acres to durum since 1958, and the fewest acres to hard red spring wheat since 1985, according to an uncommon revision report released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Rained-out Montana wheat farmers planted 600,000 fewer acres than expected last spring and with fall approaching are now weeks behind schedule, federal analysts reported Thursday.
VIDA —The wind stirred a rolling green tide through Hi-Line wheat crops just now recovering from spring rain, rust and disease.
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.