WPR News
11:20 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Lots of water may concern some, but its good for agriculture

Laramie, WY – With flood warnings and watches this spring, there's no doubt that high water is causing some worries. But for most ranchers, the moisture is a good thing. The Wyoming Farm Bureau Federation's Brett Moline says that the cool and wet weather has meant that the grass has been slow to grow. But he says ranchers can look forward to good grazing conditions, provided the summer isn't too hot and dry.
"There's water in the ground, ready to be used by the plant. So the water we have in the soil is definitely a great thing for the livestock industry."
The above average snowpack may lead some U.S. Forest Service field offices to delay the dates when ranchers are permitted to release their livestock onto public land.