Producers harvesting ahead of normal

Cooler temperatures and precipitation prevailed this week throughout Montana, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Daytime high temperatures for the week ranged from the lower 70s to 88 degrees in Biddle. Overnight lows ranged from the lower 20s to the upper 40s, with a statewide low of 22 degrees in Wisdom. 

Grass Range received the highest amount of precipitation for the week with 1.81 inches of moisture, and all weather stations reported receiving moisture ranging from 0.06 of an inch to 1.81 inches.

Producers have started harvesting corn for grain and silage, along with sugarbeets. That is ahead of normal progress with 10 percent of corn for grain, 24 percent of corn silage, and 1 percent for sugarbeets harvested.

Pasture and rangeland conditions continued to deteriorate, with just 28 percent rated good to excellent which was better than last year’s 20 percent but below the five-year average of 35 percent.

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