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    Ranching is the primary form of agriculture out there. Out here is is farming, so all them farm kids drove their farm equipment to school on my graduation last year. The TRACTORS were bad enough, but the 3 combines too up a combined space of 20 parking spaces . Showoffs. Everyone was so mad they egged the combines. HAHA
    that makes no logic

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    plenty of farming here as well Finch.........prolly split about 50-50
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    according to Montana State University, about 30 percent of the state's ag land is cropped.

    http://www.montana.edu/wwwpb/ag/agstats.html

    About 63 percent of all Montana land is in agriculture. Montana ranks second only to Texas for the number of acres devoted to agriculture. Of Montana's 56.7 million acres in farms and ranches, about 37 million acres of that is in rangeland that is shared by wildlife. About 30 percent of the state's ag land is cropped, while 3.5 percent is in woodland.
    13 inches of rain a year is not enough to support most crops.

    The average Montana farm or ranch has just over 2,000 acres, large by standards in the Eastern United States, but not large for land where production is limited by rainfall. Some parts of Montana receive as little as 10 inches of rain a year, while the west slope of some mountain ranges can receive four times that amount. On both Montana range and cropland, rain is the most limiting production factor and a short growing season adds to the challenge. Rain limits the amount and types of forages for livestock, and similarly limits cropland production. A small amount of cropland is irrigated.
    that makes no logic

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    I can't image how you guys live out in the middle of nowhere like that. I live in the mountains and forest and I can't imagine going from that to like, a prairie.

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    13 inches of rain a year is not enough to support most crops.
    plenty for wheat, barley and safflower without irrigation.......and i wouldnt argue with me on that as my grandfather raised wheat for 60 some years without irrigation getting more than enough off the land to live on and raise his family.......
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    according to Montana State University, about 30 percent of the state's ag land is cropped.
    plus Finch thats the entire state...................not just northeast Montana.......the soil over on the western side is thin cause its all mountains........this side is river bottoms and plains......no different from North Dakota.........
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    Wheat is a low value crop is basically grown where it's too dry or too cool for corn and soybeans but not so much to have to give up crops entirely and graze cattle. Sounds perfect for eastern Montana. The North American wheat belt runs from Texas on up into Canada's prairie provinces, which is an impressive range for a single crop, but they grow it very differently. In wetter areas, I'm pretty sure wheat is only grown in rotation with higher value crops.
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    wheat, barley and safflower
    Thats not really most crops. Thats 3.... Besides wheat, all of those have very very minor rolls in agriculture. Im not arguing that they dont grow crops there, i said that thats not enough rain to support most crops. And thats true. Most crops cannot be supported on that much rainfall.


    Although, on the other hand, you dont need alot of crop divirsity to have alot of farmland. I find it interesting that you have alot of cropland there, as the northwest south dakota that touches eastern montana is the driest portion of our state and does not support farms.

    similarly, the map of agriculture from north dakota shows primarily pasture in its western area of the state (indicated in green) on the river bottoms and plains.



    (purple is wheat, BTW)
    I had assumed that was the case, only more so, going westward as it got direr.





    But since you live there i will take your word for it.
    that makes no logic

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