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Another cold, snowy week Montana

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Montana experienced another cold, snowy week during the week ending April 21, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Montana Field Office, April 22.

Chinook received the highest amount of precipitation for the week with 1.18 inches of moisture. Most other stations reported receiving 0.01 to 1.12 inches of precipitation. High temperatures ranged from the lower 40s to lower 60s, with the state-wide high temperature of 63 degrees recorded at Huntley. A majority of stations reported lows in the single digits to the lower 20s, the coldest being Cooke City at -6 degrees, followed by West Yellowstone with 0 degrees.

The weather outlook for April 29 through May 5 is for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation both east and west of the Great Divide.

Normal temperatures for this period in Montana are highs in the lower 50s to the mid 60s, with lows in the mid 20s to the upper 30s. Topsoil moisture adequate and surplus is 71 percent compared with 56 percent last year and the 5 year average of 69 percent. Subsoil moisture was 54 percent adequate and surplus compared to 56 percent last year and the 5 year average of 60 percent.

Snow fall and cold nights brought field work to a standstill for another week, delaying both planting and growth of early spring crops when compared to last year. Winter wheat condition is rated 51 percent good to excellent,compared to 52 percent good to excellent from last year and the 5 year average of 56 percent good to excellent as freezing conditions prevailed throughout most of the state. Winter wheat is showing signs of spring with 38 percent of greening, 48 percent green & growing, and 14 percent remains dormant due to below average temperatures. Dry Peas and lentils are well behind last year with 4 percent and 1 percent planted, respectively. Canola plantings, however, are ahead the 5 year average with 18 percent planted.

Early spring grazing conditions are 66 percent open, below last year’s 74 percent, thanks to recent snow storms. Livestock birthing has continued just behind last year for both cattle and sheep with 74 percent calving completed and 54 percent lambing completed.

Date: 4/29/2013



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