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Spring snow pushing back planting for Montana farmers

Posted at 7:13 PM, Apr 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-04 21:13:33-04

BILLINGS – Local farmers are worried the recent snowy weather is getting them behind on their spring planting.

But once planting starts, farmers should have plenty to work with, according to a local ag expert.

"The moisture levels are great. So one thing we know that when we end up planting we’ll be planting into moisture which is going to be good for the farmers here, but that isn’t to say that they’re not ready to get into the fields because we are seeing that delay. Especially when we’re talking about barley, a lot of farmers would probably already be done planting at this time and in several and probably the majority are not even in the field yet," said Callie Cooley, Montana State University extension agent for Yellowstone County.

A survey this week from the U.S. Department of Agriculture found virtually no field crops planted in Montana.

Montana farmers usually begin planting spring wheat on April 6 and try to finish within the month.

Coolie says the conditions and the forecast will definitely cause delays.