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Wheat condition rated above last year


Montana

The month of January was cold with occasional snow storms for most of Montana and average low temperatures were 6 degrees to lower 30s at most reporting stations, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Montana Field Office.

Olney received the largest amount of precipitation for the month with 1.63 inches of moisture and most other stations saw 0.04 to 1.42 inches of precipitation. High temperatures ranged from the upper 30s to upper 50s, with the state-wide high temperature of 60 degrees recorded in Huntley. The coldest reported low of -39 degrees was recorded in West Yellowstone followed by Wisdom with -35 degrees.

Topsoil moisture adequate and surplus is 62 percent compared with 54 percent last year. Subsoil moisture was 44 percent adequate and surplus compared to 53 percent last year.

Winter wheat condition is above last year with 41 percent good to excellent compared to 26 percent last year. Wind and freeze damage remain low thanks to a mostly adequate snow cover with 66 percent fair to excellent. There have been some reports, however, of concern about snow cover as much of the state has been seen above average temperatures in the last couple of weeks.

Livestock grazing conditions were 67 percent open to difficult for the month of January. There are reports of some producers grazing but still providing supplemental feed to their herds due to the low nutrient levels of winter pastures. Supplemental feeding of cattle and sheep is still ahead of last year at this time with 97 and 98 percent being fed, respectively. Livestock birthing has begun on track with last year with 3 percent of calving and 1 percent of lambing complete.

Date: 2/18/2013



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