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CRP fields drying up, cattle caught in drying reservoirs in Musselshell County, Montana
7/12/2017 5:16:06 PM

Water Supply & Quality
Musselshell County, MT

Start Date: 3/1/2017 - End Date: 6/22/2017
Our conditions are worsening every day. CRP is drying up; all other fields are already gone. The heat has caused neighbors' cows to get bogged down in mud in drying up reservoirs. We have been fortunate not to get too many lightning storms because there are numerous fires when we do get one. Even the leaves on our trees that we planted 17 years ago are drying up. Our cattle are on CRP fields, but the CRP that is not being grazed will not last to make hay next week. More 100 degree days will make things so much worse. Winds continue to blow. In the past two days, we received 3/100 one day, 6/100 the next in little sporadic showers. The ground immediately dried as the rain evaporated quickly. From Musselshell County, Montana, on July 12, 2017