Winter in southwest Montana saw above-average snowfall this year, leaving mountain ranges with ample snowpack and farmers and ranchers behind on their spring fieldwork.

Many farmers and ranchers in the Gallatin Valley are nearly a month behind planting crops, fertilizing and repairing equipment, because of wet conditions and snow covering fields.

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Isabel Hicks is a Report for America corps member. She can be reached at 406-582-2651 or