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Unseasonably warm, dry pattern

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The week ending Sept. 30 maintained the unseasonably warm and dry pattern much of Montana has been experiencing, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Montana Field Office, Oct. 1.

Baker received the largest amount of precipitation for the week with 0.59 of an inch of moisture and most other stations saw little or no precipitation. High temperatures ranged from the mid 60s to mid 80s, with the state-wide high temperature of 86 degrees recorded in Scobey. A majority of stations reported lows in the upper 20s to the mid 40s. The coldest reported low of 21 degrees was recorded in Wisdom followed by Cooke City and West Yellowstone with 28 degrees.

The weather outlook for Oct. 8 to 14 is for below normal temperatures and below normal precipitation both east and west of the Continental Divide. Normal temperatures for this period in Montana are highs in the mid 50s to the mid 60s, with lows in the mid 20s to 40 degrees. Topsoil moisture adequate and surplus is percent compared with 16 percent last year and the 5 year average of 49 percent. Subsoil moisture was 6 percent adequate and surplus compared to 38 percent last year and the 5 year average of 46 percent.

Harvest of late season crops continues ahead of last year for corn, potatoes, and sugar beets. Corn condition is lagging behind last year with 55 percent good to excellent compared with 63 percent last year due to dry conditions. Winter wheat planting continues with 55 percent planted and it has be begun to emerge slightly behind last year with 4 percent emerged.

Range conditions continue to decline with 5 percent good to excellent, well below normal. Movement of livestock from summer ranges continues with 48 percent and 57 percent moved for cattle and sheep respectively. Supplemental feeding of livestock has begun early this year due to drought-impacted range lands with 21 percent of cattle and 24 percent of sheep receiving feed. Reports of producers culling deep into their herds are coming in across the drought impacted areas of the state.

Date: 10/8/2012



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