Posted: Jun 11, 2013 8:08 PM by Katy Harris - MTN News
Updated: Jun 11, 2013 8:56 PM
Montana State University Powell County Extension Agent Jodi Pauley says that hay production is one of Montana's biggest cash crop.
Montana ranks 8th in the nation for hay production.
Montana raises more than 4 million tons of hay alone.
It's an important resource not only for our state but for several other states that rely on Montana hay.
The recent moisture to this region has caused a fungal problem to pop up in Broadwater County.
Pauley says last week a powdery mildew was discovered in Alfalfa, which is very rare for this area of the state.
"Anytime you start to see fungal problems and diseases on crops it could be linked to moisture and high humidity," said Pauley.
The problem could be treated with a fungicide but is expensive to do.
The other option would be an early cutting to get the alfalfa out of the field and make the area clean for the next crop.