Hail damage reported in Judith Basin County

Saturday, July 6, 2019

Cooler than normal temperatures, combined with scattered precipitation across Montana during the past week, delayed fieldwork and hindered warm season grass progress, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Topsoil moisture conditions for the state were 85 percent adequate to surplus, compared to 78 percent in the previous week and 83 percent the previous year. Subsoil moisture conditions were rated 78 percent adequate to surplus compared to 76 percent the previous year.

A reporter in Judith Basin County stated hail damage was received and severity varied greatly depending on location.

Barley headed was estimated at 20 percent, behind the five-year average of 39 percent. Durum wheat emerged was reported at 95 percent complete, which is ahead of last year at 92 percent. Dry edible pea acres were almost completely emerged with an estimated 97 percent.

Planting of oilseeds was almost completed, with 95 percent of the flaxseed crop planted, slightly behind last year at 96 percent, and 84 percent of the safflower crop planted, even with last year. Canola emerged was reported at 89 percent complete, equal to last year. Winter wheat conditions were rated as 73 percent good to excellent compared to 69 percent at this time last year.

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