Agriculture

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Montana farmers planted fewer acres of wheat this year than they have in the past, thanks to significantly lower prices last year for the crop.

This year’s crop across the country is just under 46 million acres, the smallest since 1919.

Fire drought
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State climatologist Kelsey Jencso says what folks are seeing this summer -- extreme fires, sudden droughts, snowpacks melting quickly -- may be a vision of Montana’s future.

Field Days: Drought

Jul 31, 2017
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On the final episode of the first season of Field Days, Northern Cheyenne rancher Sterling Small makes a tough call on his late-planted barley crop.

  

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On this episode of Field Days, Northern Cheyenne rancher Sterling Small's ranch is threatened by a fire that has already burned more than 30,000 acres.


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On this episode of Field Days, Northern Cheyenne rancher Sterling Small gets together with relatives at a family reunion that drew hundreds.


Growing up, Youa Yang did not envision himself taking over his family's business. His parents were Hmong refugees from Laos who arrived in Fresno, Calif., in the late 1980s and settled down to become farmers. He went to college for economics and mathematics and found himself knee-deep in the finance industry immediately after graduating.

This spring was strange in Oregon's Lane County.

"It rained every day. I'm exaggerating, but only by two days," says farmer Jason Hunton.

When Mother Nature rears her ugly head, Hunton watches his fields. He farms both organic and conventional land in Junction City, Ore.

"We're struggling. We've got a couple of [organic] fields that have some real thistle problems. I want to get some tarps and solarize it — cover it up and see if we can get that to cook itself in some of the thicker areas," Hunton says.

Field Days: A Busted Knee

Jul 10, 2017
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On this episode of Field Days, Northern Cheyenne rancher Sterling Small tries to work out how to run his ranch with a busted knee.


Field Days: Bulldogging Woes

Jul 3, 2017
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On this episode of Field Days, Northern Cheyenne rancher Sterling Small’s bulldogging event goes awry.


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On this episode of Field Days, Northern Cheyenne rancher Sterling Small talks about branding his cattle with three dozen relatives and a faulty vaccination gun. 


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