The middle of July often is cruel to agriculturalists who live and work in the middle of Montana. The area has seen too many harsh summers in which crops and pastures burn up because of too little moisture and too much heat.
This July is different. I visited central Montana this week to work on several stories that will run in upcoming issues of Agweek. I saw thriving crops and pastures, the result of exceptionally bountiful rains. I kidded farmers there about how lush the vegetation is. They just smiled and said this year is unusual, which of course I knew.
The experience reconfirms what I’ve known since I was 6 years old: Farming is a lot easier, and a lot more enjoyable, when nature cooperates.