Harvests mostly ahead of last year’s progress

This week Montana experienced mild temperatures, along with moisture throughout the state, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. High temperatures ranged from the mid-40s to 81 degrees in Forsyth and Broadus. Low temperatures ranged from 6 degrees in Ridgeway to 37 degrees in Polson and Yellowtail.

Sixty-three weather stations reported moisture. The highest amount of precipitation was recorded in Red Lodge with 0.48 of an inch of moisture. Soil moisture conditions were recorded with 44 percent of topsoil rated very-short to short, compared to 25 percent the previous year. Subsoil was rated 70 percent very-short to short, compared with 32 percent last year.

Winter wheat seeded was 95 percent complete, ahead of last year’s progress of 91 percent. Potato harvest was 93 percent complete, ahead of last year’s progress of 72 percent. Corn for grain harvest was 51 percent complete, behind last year’s progress of 65 percent. Sugarbeet harvest was 78 percent complete, ahead of last year’s progress of 59 percent.

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