Autumn’s high winds affected topsoil

Montana experienced mild temperatures, along with moisture and high winds throughout the state this week, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. High temperatures ranged from the low-60s to 85 degrees in Wolf Point. Low temperatures ranged from the mid-teens degrees to 44 degrees in Yellowtail.

Fifty-seven weather stations reported moisture. The highest amount of precipitation was recorded in Heron with 2.22 inches of moisture. Soil moisture conditions were recorded with 48 percent of topsoil rated very-short to short, compared to 26 percent the previous year.

Reporters noted that high winds had a drying effect on topsoil. Subsoil was rated 68 percent very-short to short, compared with 33 percent last year.

Winter wheat seeded was 92 percent complete, ahead of last year’s progress of 88 percent. Potato harvest was 92 percent complete, ahead of last year’s progress of 62 percent. Corn for grain harvest was 45 percent complete, behind last year’s progress of 51 percent. Sugarbeet harvest was 64 percent complete, ahead of last year’s progress of 42 percent.

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