Planting varied due to precipitation

This week in Montana was mixed, with most areas having a few hot days and some very cold nights, but precipitation was hit or miss, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

High temperatures ranged from the upper 50s to the mid 70s, and low temperatures ranged from 19 degrees in Wisdom to the mid 30s. The highest amount of precipitation recorded was in Livingston with 2.97 inches of moisture, while other stations recorded between zero and 2.49 inches of moisture.

Planting conditions varied greatly across the state this week due to precipitation. Areas that didn’t receive heavy precipitation were able to get into the field more, but are conversely in need of precipitation soon.

Winter wheat condition declined slightly from the previous week due to weather variation, and is rated 52 percent good to excellent, which is behind last year and the five-year average for this time.

Pasture and range land conditions declined slightly from last week and are currently rated 60 percent good to excellent, compared with 43 percent last year and the five-year average of 40 percent.

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