Rain, snow keep farmers from Big Horn Basin fields

By: AP
By: AP

Powell, WY (AP) - The snowy winter and wet spring are keeping farmers from getting crops into the fields in northwestern Wyoming's Big Horn Basin.

Axel Garcia y (EE) Garcia of the University of Wyoming Research and Extension Service says rain or snow has been falling after each dry period, leaving soggy conditions.

Garcia y Garcia tells the Powell Tribune that farmers need a week to 10 days of dry weather to prepare their fields and plant.

Curtis Bjornestad, who farms northeast of Powell, wants to plant beans but says the soil is too wet.

Rory Karhu of the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service office in Powell says farmers with heavier soil, primarily north of Powell, are finding it difficult to get crops planted.

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