Snowy conditions lead to livestock receiving hay

Montana experienced winter storms, with precipitation throughout the state, and high winds in the northern areas of the state, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Reporters noted that snowy conditions led to livestock receiving hay in many areas of the state. High temperatures ranged from 32 degrees in Scobey to 72 degrees in Gardiner. Low temperatures ranged from -10 degrees in Choteau to 29 degrees in Jordan.

Eighty-nine weather stations reported moisture. The highest amount of precipitation was recorded in Gardiner with 3.70 inches of moisture.

Soil moisture conditions were recorded with 40 percent of topsoil rated very-short to short, compared to 26 percent the previous year. Precipitation improved subsoil condition that was rated 65 percent very-short to short, though is still dry compared with 33 percent very-short to short last year.

Winter wheat emergence was 83 percent complete, behind last year’s progress of 85 percent. Potato harvest was 96 percent complete, ahead of last year’s progress of 76 percent. Corn for grain harvest was 65 percent complete, behind last year’s progress of 70 percent. Sugarbeet harvest was 95 percent complete, ahead of last year’s progress of 74 percent.

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