More moisture needed to replenish the subsoil

Slow soaking rains hit most of the state and cleared the air of smoke, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. At least 97 stations reported precipitation. Sixty-six stations reported an inch or more of moisture. The highest amount of precipitation was recorded in Grass Range with 3.18 inches of moisture.

Soil moisture conditions were recorded with 65 percent of topsoil rated very-short to short, compared to 36 percent the previous year. More moisture will be needed to replenish the subsoil, with 81 percent of subsoil rated very-short to short, compared with 42 percent last year.

High temperatures ranged from 81 to 97 degrees. Low temperatures ranged from 21 degrees to the high 30s. The first frost of the season was reported in Ravalli County. In Teton County higher elevations received 8-10 inches of snow.

In other areas, reporters noted that additional moisture was needed for planting of winter wheat, with many producers holding their planting to see if conditions improve. It was also noted that drought conditions led to lighter calf weights.

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