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Cool, wet weather slows Montana wheat progress

Cool, wet weather slows Montana wheat progress

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.

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Grain in the bin: Farmers stockpile wheat as prices, shipping are challenging

Grain in the bin: Farmers stockpile wheat as prices, shipping are challenging

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.

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Montana farmers back away from spring wheat, look for other crops

Montana farmers back away from spring wheat, look for other crops

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.

April 03, 2014 12:15 am Photos

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Sugar beet harvest begins

Sugar beet harvest begins

WORDEN — The Karst family dropped everything and fired up their beet digger Sunday after Western Sugar sounded the alarm about rain.

September 25, 2013 12:00 am Photos

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Another $1 billion wheat crop in sight

Another $1 billion wheat crop in sight

Montana appears headed for another billion-dollar wheat crop, though wet weather has dramatically slowed spring harvest in the northern counties.

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Chinese buyers make rare visit to check out Montana wheat

Hungry for U.S. wheat, Chinese millers are making a rare stop in Montana this week to see the Treasure State crop.

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Late-May rains bring smiles to Montana's farmers

Late-May rains bring smiles to Montana's farmers

A month ago, it didn't look like Bernhardt farm west of Park City would ever see rain again.

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Montana pig farmers eye Asian trade deal

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.

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Montana winter wheat rates well but struggles locally

Montana winter wheat rates well but struggles locally

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.

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The path less traveled: Young people leave cities to farm

The path less traveled: Young people leave cities to farm

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.

March 17, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Ranchers prepare for potential drought

Ranchers prepare for potential drought

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…

February 19, 2013 11:30 pm Photos

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Three full-time trappers hunt Natrona County coyotes as officials seek long-term solution

Three full-time trappers hunt Natrona County coyotes as officials seek long-term solution

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.

December 10, 2012 5:32 pm Photos

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Wyoming sugar beet harvest yields good crop

Wyoming sugar beet harvest yields good crop

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.

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Montana wheat values hit $1 billion for second year

Montana wheat values hit $1 billion for second year

For the second year in a row, Montana wheat values have surpassed $1 billion, a high watermark achieved only four times.

February 17, 2012 11:45 pmLoading…
Rain Delay: Farmers still dealing with effects of spring’s wet chill

Rain Delay: Farmers still dealing with effects of spring’s wet chill

Most years, there are semi trucks heaped with sugar beets rumbling off of the Nedens family farm like clockwork in September.

September 18, 2011 12:10 am Photos

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Winter wheat harvest under way

Winter wheat harvest under way

MOLT — As combines chewed through Kevin Downs' golden wheat acres this week, the farmer found reason to smile.

August 20, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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USDA finds N.D. durum, spring wheat acres lower than earlier forecast

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.

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State wheat acre estimate cut by 600,000

State wheat acre estimate cut by 600,000

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.

August 11, 2011 7:00 pmLoading…
Grain gamble: Late start means fields of uncertainty for Hi-Line farmers

Grain gamble: Late start means fields of uncertainty for Hi-Line farmers

VIDA —The wind stirred a rolling green tide through Hi-Line wheat crops just now recovering from spring rain, rust and disease.

July 24, 2011 12:15 am Photos

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Crop report triggers price slide, skeptcism

Crop report triggers price slide, skeptcism

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.

June 30, 2011 7:45 pmLoading…

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