Winter wheat emergence ahead of last year’s

Montana experienced snow and cold throughout 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, and that fieldwork for the state had likely concluded for the season.

High temperatures ranged from 26 degrees in Saco to 59 degrees in Broadus. Low temperatures ranged from -17 degrees in White Sulphur Springs to 23 degrees in Thompson Falls.

Eighty-one weather stations reported moisture. The highest amount of precipitation was recorded in West Yellowstone with 1.24 inches of moisture. Soil moisture conditions were recorded with 45 percent of topsoil rated very-short to short, compared to 27 percent the previous year. Subsoil condition was rated 68 percent very-short to short, though is still dry compared with 33 percent very-short to short last year.

Winter wheat emergence was 90 percent complete, ahead of last year’s progress of 89 percent. Corn for grain harvest was 72 percent complete, behind last year’s progress of 73 percent.



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