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Month mostly dry and warm


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The month of November was largely dry and warm for most of Montana, aside from a winter storm early in the month that brought record setting snow fall to parts of the state, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Montana Field Office, Nov. 26.

Thompson Falls received the largest amount of precipitation for the week with 2.94 inches of moisture and most other stations saw 0.18 to 2.47 inches of precipitation. High temperatures ranged from the mid 50s to lower 70s, with the state-wide high temperature of 76 degrees recorded in Hysham. A majority of stations reported lows below 0 degrees to the mid 20s. The coldest reported low of -16 degrees was recorded in Cut Bank and Lakeview followed by Scobey and Shelby with -15 degrees. The weather outlook for Dec. 3 to 9 is for above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation both east and west of the Continental Divide. Normal temperatures for this period in Montana are highs in the mid 20s to the mid 30s, with lows in 5 to 20 degrees.

Topsoil moisture adequate and surplus is 50 percent compared with 54 percent last year. Subsoil moisture was 35 percent adequate and surplus compared to 55 percent last year.

Harvest of corn for grain continues ahead of normal despite weather delays with 78 percent harvested compared to 70 percent last year. Winter wheat condition is just behind last year with 29 percent good to excellent and 36 percent last year. Planting and emergences are slightly behind last year with 97 percent planted and 68 percent emerged.

Range and pasture feed condition is 6 percent good to excellent compared to 41 percent last year with reports of drought damage in the south. Supplemental feeding of livestock is still well ahead of last year with 69 percent of cattle and 74 percent of sheep receiving feed compared to 33 percent of cattle and 39 percent of sheep last year.

Date: 12/03/2012



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