This is a crucial week for Montana’s barley crop. The state switched suddenly from a wetter-than-usual spring to a summer heat wave.
“The first two weeks of July are critical,” said Herb Karst, a barley producer and trade consultant from Sunburst, said Thursday in Billings. “The first week was good. Hot and dry is not good.”
Karst keeps a careful eye on the barley crop for Mexican beer companies that brew Corona and Modelo. They import barley from north central Montana, brew beer in Mexico and export it to U.S. markets.
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