A perfect storm dries up hay supply
Last updated 7/21/2021 at 11:25am
North-central Montana is in the midst of a serious hay shortage, the result of a perfect storm of severe drought conditions, a population explosion of grasshoppers and blister beetles, and the effects of last year's drop failure at the St. Mary Diversion.
Montana State University Hill County Extension Agriculture and 4-H Agent Colleen Buck said the drought conditions and less-than-ideal nitrate levels in the soil have made it difficult to grow much of anything and a lot of people have had trouble finding the hay they need to feed their livestock.
"The plants aren't growing, and everyone i...