Conditions improve but more rain needed for winter wheat crop


Cooler weather and rain showers this week came too late to help the spring wheat yields, but could be good news for farmers planning to plant winter wheat.

"This should be a pretty good year for winter wheat," Scott McIntosh, manager of the Columbia Grain International Inc. elevators in Havre and Harlem, said Monday.

The winter wheat yield in north-central Montana this year was above average, although heat and lack of rain over the summer reduced what had been expected to be a good yield for spring wheat.

At least the farmers were able to raise some crops this year, McIntosh said.

"We could...

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