MT Farmers: Severe Drought/High Fertilizer Prices/Supply Chain Madness, Equal Disaster

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By: Casey Conlon of Q2 News

BILLINGS — Agriculture is the heartbeat of Montana. Millions of acres of Big Sky country provide the building blocks of life for so many, but so many of those acres are suffering.

Montana is locked in a severe drought. Couple that with continued supply chain issues and the highest fertilizer prices in history, and this industry is facing perhaps its biggest threat ever.

“You always have challenges when you’re farming. Every year is different,” said Paul Broyles. “But have I seen one this dry with the price of fertilizer this high? This is a new one.”

Broyles has been farming land just north of Rapelje since he was four years old – his dad Gary moved to the area in 1978. The two raise mostly wheat and peas, and they’re good at it. But this year is different.

“Most of farming is a business where you put all the inputs in upfront,” Gary said. “It’s kind of like a high-stakes poker game – you have to have it all on the table, to begin with.”

The stakes are even higher now because those inputs are more expensive than ever.

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