Hit or miss precipitation but moisture still above last year

Montana was mostly hot and dry this week with limited precipitation, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. High temperatures for the week ranged from the middle 80s to the upper 90s, and low temperatures ranged from the lower 30s to the middle 50s. Precipitation was hit or miss this week and varied widely in amount where it did fall with the highest amount recorded coming from Saco at 1.46 inches of moisture. Soil moisture conditions currently remain above last year, with 65 percent of topsoil rated adequate to surplus, and 62 percent of subsoil rated adequate to surplus compared with 51 percent and 57 percent last year, respectively. Pulse crop harvest has begun with dry peas and lentils both at 1 percent complete. Winter wheat condition is rated 63 percent good to excellent, which is ahead of last year’s 55 percent. Pasture and range conditions were slightly down from the previous week with 43 percent rated good to excellent, which was still higher than last year’s 34 percent, but below the five-year average of 49 percent.

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