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Farmers more optimistic than last year


Havre Daily News/Ryan Welch

Justin Miller tests the moisture level of a bale Wednesday as he hays near Gildford. Miller and other local ag producers say the weather situation is much better so far this year than last year which turned into a severe drought.

According to Montana's official county drought map for May 2018, this part of north-central Montana is at about average moisture for this season, which is positive news for area farmers after a harsh winter and flooding.

Kremlin-area farmer Ryan McCormick said the extremely cold winter caused his spring planting to be delayed about three weeks to a month, while Gildford farmer Justin Miller said the cold weather didn't really impact his crops, but it was hard on calving.

"We had way more calves with frozen ears or tails," he said, adding that they also ran out of hay for the first time in...

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