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BILLINGS - Montana farmers say good snow cover this winter increases the likelihood of a good wheat crop.

The National Agriculture Statistics Service reports that snow cover through February was the best it's been in 14 years. Close to 61 percent of the crops in the state had good to excellent snow cover. Wind, drought and frost damage was minimal.

Moccasin farmer Bing Von Bergen says the industry is hopeful for a good year.

This winter's snow cover has been an improvement from conditions during seeding last fall. Extremely dry conditions prompted some farmers to wait until unusually late to plant.

The National Agriculture Statistics Service says Montana farmers cut their winter wheat plantings by 22 percent from the year before, which should help keep supply from outpacing demand.

 

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