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Drought Is Affecting Produce At Farmers' Markets

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Parts of Southwest Montana are still in a drought.  With farmers' markets in full swing across Montana, you may not find some produce at your local stand this year.

Produce is a popular item at the Bogert Farmers' Market at Bogert Park.  Laurie Sargent, with Crazy View Farm, said the way you irrigate is key to surviving the drought.

"We use drip irrigation instead of spraying water into the air to irrigate our crops and we use rope cover to try to hold moisture in," said Sargent.

Sargent said many crops have a hard time growing in Montana, and the drought just makes it that much harder.

"Most of the crops we grow don't really like hot dry weather and warm wind is brutal on our lettuce, so we just try to keep it well watered and really conscience about how much water we use," said Sargent.

Katie Meyer, with Gallatin Valley Botanicals, said she is having a hard time getting spinach to the market, and she says that hurts her bottom line.

"It has been a significant portion of what we plan on having so it's tough not to have it," said Meyer.

Meyer said she irrigates some produce by drip irrigation and others by spraying overhead.  It's those they spray overhead that are giving her farm problems.

"They are the ones that have the tougher time," said Meyer. "We don't have enough irrigation to run everything all at once."

The U.S. Drought Monitor says most of Gallatin County is in a moderate drought.  That is compared to Madison County, which is seeing an extreme drought.
 

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