Before Sunday’s hail storm shredded Terral Balzer’s crops, the Worden farmer had a feeling things were going just a little too well.
Farmers are struggling with cold, wet weather — including snow — as they seed the 2014 crop.
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.
Some of the last sugar beets of this year’s campaign are scooped up at Western Sugar Cooperative’s refinery in Billings on Tuesday.
POWELL, Wyo. — Sugar beet farmers in Wyoming are fretting about low sugar prices and low sugar content in the beets they recently pulled out of the ground.
The sugar beet harvest was a sticky mess — and that was just the mud, say regional refineries who all but completed harvest this week.
EDGAR — The Wetstein brothers were pretty beat down.
Neighbors of Edgar farmers Dave and Tim Wetstein harvest their beet crop Wednesday.
Dave Wetstein loads harvested beets into a truck as he and his neighbors harvest his fields in Edgar on Wednesday.
Jim Anderson talks about the effort of neighbors of Edgar ranchers Dave and Tim Wetstein to harvest their beet crop Wednesday.
Justin Foos and his son Brady join neighbors of Edgar farmers Dave and Tim Wetstein to help harvest their beet crop Wednesday.
Ken Witcher sits on a beet truck while Willie the dog stands nearby as neighbors of Edgar farmers Dave and Tim Wetstein help harvest their beet crop Wednesday.
NILE smiles. The weeklong Northern International Livestock Exposition brought crowds to MetraPark for livestock shows and professional rodeo. The NILE and Yellowstone Conservation District also teamed up to provide ag education for 1,600 schoolchildren who visited the expo.
Officially, the precipitation in Billings has been average this year, as in 101 percent. But normal? No. Kelly Brester wouldn’t go along with that.
Julianna Steinback stood in front of her class cradling a brownish sugar beet so large it resembled a molar plucked from a mastodon’s jaw.
WORDEN — The Karst family dropped everything and fired up their beet digger Sunday after Western Sugar sounded the alarm about rain.
A sour economic outlook awaits sugar beet farmers as the Montana harvest begins with domestic sugar prices at a 30-year low.
Beet farmers wait to unload their crop at a Western Sugar facility near Pompeys Pillar on Monday.
Dale Karst harvests sugar beets in late September near Worden.
The U.S. Senate narrowly defeated a proposal Wednesday that would have ended the sugar price protections considered crucial to the Billings region’s $72 million sugar economy.