Additional moisture still needed for planting winter wheat

Montana experienced cooler temperatures along with moisture throughout most of the state, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. High temperatures ranged from high 50s to the lower 80s. Low temperatures ranged from low 20s to the lower 40s.

Forty-one stations reported over half-inch or more of moisture. The highest amount of precipitation was recorded in West Yellowstone with 2.34 inches of moisture. Moisture received throughout the state over the past several weeks has improved the topsoil and subsoil condition. Soil moisture conditions were recorded with 61 percent of topsoil rated very-short to short, compared to 31 percent the previous year. Subsoil was rated 68 percent very-short to short, compared with 38 percent last year.

Reporters noted that additional moisture was needed for planting of winter wheat, with many producers still holding their planting to see if conditions improve. Winter wheat seeded is 23 percent complete, behind last year’s progress of 43 percent.

Potato harvest has started with 9 percent complete, slightly ahead of last year’s progress of 6 percent.

Corn for grain harvest has started with 6 percent complete, behind last year’s progress of 25 percent.

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