Rain, warm sunny days improved soil, pasture conditions


Montana experienced mild temperatures along with periods of moisture throughout most of the state this week, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. High temperatures ranged from the mid-40s to 76 degrees in Port of Morgan. Low temperatures ranged from 14 degrees in West Yellowstone to the low 30s.

Forty-nine weather stations reported moisture. The highest amount of precipitation was recorded in Creston with 0.70 of an inch of moisture. Soil moisture conditions were recorded with 46 percent of topsoil rated very-short to short, compared to 26 percent the previous year. Subsoil was rated 68 percent very-short to short, compared with 33 percent last year.

Reporters noted that winter wheat planting had resumed in the north central portion following heavy snows. Hard frosts were also reported, but in general light precipitation and mild sunny days improved soil and pasture conditions.

Winter wheat seeded was 81 percent complete, behind last year’s progress of 83 percent. Potato harvest was 86 percent complete, ahead of last year’s progress of 58 percent. Corn for grain harvest was 34 percent complete, ahead of last year’s progress of 33 percent. Sugarbeet harvest was 40 percent complete, ahead of last year’s progress of 32 percent.



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