Posted: Jun 11, 2013 8:18 PM by Katy Harris - MTN News
Updated: Jun 11, 2013 8:58 PM
The recent rainfall and snow storm has turned this area green, what does that mean for local hay producers.
The recent moisture has made a huge difference on pastures.
This season's hay crop started out a little shaky because of the dry conditions, but now the weather and hay crop conditions are more typical.
In Powell County cool season grasses and forages grow in the 60 to 70 degree range which is where we've been sitting lately.
"Right now the forecast is looking like if you do have irrigated hay crops like this, you should be okay for the first hay cut in July, but we still don't know what it's going to be like in August for that second hay cut," said Jodi Pauley, MSU Powell County Extension
"I think we really need to not get too far ahead of ourselves because a drought is always a day away in this country and we really do rely a lot on mother nature to have our crops and to have forage for hay production and for cattle production as well," Pauley added.
Pauley says farmers and ranchers are mostly hanging onto their hay for fear of dry conditions by August.
In the Treasure State, 65 percent of Montana farms and ranches are used for pastures and range, followed by 30 percent being used for cropland.