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Saturday, January 19, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Extreme drought may lead to low wheat crop yield in Montana

BILLINGS – An extreme drought in northeastern Montana is causing major problems for wheat farmers in the region.

The Billings Gazette reported Thursday that the area has only received about a half-inch of rain in the past two months.

Farmer Terry Angvick says the situation was reversed last year. Excessive rains caused rivers to flood last fall.

Angvick says many farmers decided to plant their seeds later in the season since they expected the soil moisture would stay longer.

Montana is the country’s third largest wheat producer. Farmer Rob Davis says everyone could have a low crop yield if larger amounts of rain don’t come soon.

A National Weather Service meteorologist says the area could qualify for federal drought assistance if low rain conditions continue to be reported.

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