November moisture helps improve soil conditions

Montana experienced cold temperatures and scattered precipitation in the middle of November, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Reporters noted that precipitation led to improvements in soil conditions and dryland wheat condition.

High temperatures ranged from 39 degrees in Port of Morgan to 64 degrees in Colstrip and Hardin. Low temperatures ranged from -7 degrees in Wisdom to 28 degrees in Superior.

Forty-six weather stations reported moisture. The highest amount of precipitation was recorded in Heron with 1.28 inches of moisture. Soil moisture conditions were recorded with 42 percent of topsoil rated very-short to short, compared to 28 percent the previous year. Subsoil condition was rated 62 percent very-short to short, compared with 34 percent very short to short last year.

Winter wheat emergence was 93 percent complete, the same as last year. Corn for grain harvest was 77 percent complete, behind last year’s progress of 82 percent complete.

 

Crop reports conclude for 2017, week ending Nov. 26

Montana experienced warmer weather with limited participation throughout the state, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. High temperatures ranged from 49 degrees in Millegam to 74 degrees in Forsyth and Melstone. Low temperatures ranged from -3 degrees in Scobey to 32 degrees in Creston.

Thirteen of the 105 weather stations reported over half an inch of moisture. The highest amount of precipitation was recorded in Seeley Lake with 2.16 inches of moisture. Soil moisture conditions were recorded with 43 percent of topsoil rated very short to short, compared to 28 percent the previous year. Subsoil condition was rated 64 percent very short to short, compared with 34 percent very-short to short last year.

Corn for grain harvest was 81 percent complete, behind last year’s progress of 86 percent complete.

Note: This report concludes the weekly crop progress report for 2017. Next year’s Montana weekly report will begin in April 2018.

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