Scattered moisture and cooler temps delay emerging crops

Saturday, June 29, 2019

Scattered precipitation and cooler temperatures were observed across Montana during the past week, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Topsoil moisture conditions for the state were 78 percent adequate to surplus, compared to 68 percent in the previous week, and 86 percent the previous year. Subsoil moisture conditions were rated 71 percent adequate to surplus, compared to 79 percent the previous year.

A reporter in Broadwater County stated the sporadic rainstorms are delaying the first cutting of hay in several areas. Barley emerged was estimated at 96 percent, falling behind the five-year average of 98 percent. Durum wheat emerged was reported at 92 percent complete, which is ahead of last year at 87 percent.

Dry edible peas emerged was estimated at 94 percent, falling behind the five-year average of 98 percent. Planting of oilseeds is progressing with 97 percent of the canola crop planted, slightly ahead of last year at 94 percent, and 74 percent of the safflower crop planted, behind last year at 76 percent.

Flaxseed planted was reported at 90 percent complete, compared to 93 percent in the previous year. Winter wheat conditions were rated as 71 percent good to excellent compared to 78 percent at this time last year.

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