Pasture and rangeland conditions deteriorating

Montana had another hot, dry week marked by scattered afternoon thunderstorms that brought lightning, hail and highly variable amounts of rain, with the largest accumulation of precipitation reported at Superior where 1.84 inches fell, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.
High temperatures for the week ranged from the mid 80s to 97 degrees in Mizpah, and low temperatures ranged from the upper 20s to the lower 50s. There was more hail damage this week, particularly in the central part of the state that impacted crops, such as alfalfa fields, potatoes and small grains. Harvest continues ahead of the five-year average for all small grains, with 52 percent of barley, 25 percent of durum wheat, 53 percent of oats, 37 percent of spring wheat, and 94 percent of winter wheat harvested this week.
Pasture and rangeland conditions continue to deteriorate with 34 percent rated good to excellent which is above last year’s 24 percent but below the five-year average of 41 percent. Producers continue to move animals off summer pastures with 16 percent of cattle and 16 percent of sheep moved which is well ahead of the five-year average for both.



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