Crop conditions continue to deteriorate

Another week of hot dry windy weather with very limited precipitation occurred for a majority of the state, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. High temperatures ranged from the lower 90s to middle 100 degree, and low temperatures ranged from 37 degrees in West Yellowstone to the lower 60s.

The highest amount of precipitation was recorded in Pompey’s Pillar with 0.55 of an inch of moisture, while other stations recorded between zero and 0.54 of an inch of moisture. Crop conditions continue to deteriorate due to the hot dry weather. Soil moisture conditions continue to decline, with 88 percent of topsoil rated very short to short and 80 percent of subsoil rated very short to short, compared with 30 percent of topsoil last year rated of very short to short and 36 percent of subsoil last year rated very short to short.

Winter wheat harvest has started currently at 9 percent complete compared to 2 percent last year. Winter wheat condition is rated 69 percent fair to good, compared with 61 percent last year rated good to excellent.

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