Montana Public Radio

Walter Schweitzer

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Meteorologists last fall said Montana could be in store for a particularly cold and snowy La Niña winter. By late October, cold temperatures and record snowfall shattered regional records — but that wintery weather quickly gave way to much drier and mild conditions.

So what has happened to our winter, and what’s next?

Hay bales in a field.
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The U.S. Agriculture Department predicts American net farm income this year will be about 10% higher than in 2018.

Great news, right? Not so fast, say some Montana farmers.