Turning Off Irrigation in Central Montana

Published on: 15:33PM Jun 28, 2010

By Sara Brown

As I traveled through central Montana this past week, I drove past wheat and hay fields where the irrigation lines had been turned off. Farmers and ranchers were very pleased with the large amount of precipitation the area had received in the past couple weeks. Ranchers are seeing good hay crops, if they can get them cut between rain showers. Irrigation ditches and reservoirs are in good shape for the coming summer.

According to the National Weather Service, the average annual precipitation at Great Falls, as based upon the entire historical database, is 14.98 inches. Heavy rains last week, as well as snowfall in the Little Belt Mountains and Glacier Park, has led to road closings and flooding. Residents say they haven’t seen this much green in a long while.

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