Locals dubious about El Nino effects on farming

By TYLER WORTHEN/Montana State News

According to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration the impact of El Niño is supposed to bring a 2-degree Celsius temperature increase to Montana.

But temperatures aside, snowfall has been plentiful

Local farmer, Cliff Schutter, said the snowpack this year as looking very hopeful for crop growth. With the snowpack at 96 percent of the entire winter average already this year, according to the United States Department of Agriculture, Schutter is right.

The snowpack being incredibly crucial to irrigating fields throughout the summer months.

Schutter went on to say how no one can predict what is going to happen with the weather. Schutter doesn’t read too deep into what is going on with the weather predictions and for good reason. You don’t know what it’ll do at any given time.

Asked if El Niño would help him with his crops this year, he said, “I won’t count on it.” He had the same response when asked if El Niño will bring any severe weather conditions to Montana this year.

For now the weather we are having will bring some good things to farmers unlike last year. Farmers are hoping we will get the vital rains and not hit the Snowpack so hard this year.

– Edited by Patricia Morse

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