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Winter wheat condition rated above last year

Montana

Much of Montana experienced some snowfall during the month of December 2012 with low temperatures dipping well below zero and average low temperatures in the lower teens to lower 30s at most reporting stations, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Montana Field Office.

West Glacier received the largest amount of precipitation for the week with 4.46 inches of moisture and most other stations saw 0.08 to 4.22 inches of precipitation. High temperatures ranged from the upper 40s to lower 60s, with the state-wide high temperature of 64 degrees recorded in Hardin and Joliet. The coldest reported low of -29 degrees was recorded in Scobey followed by Chesterwith -27 degrees.

The weather outlook for Jan. 7 to 13, is for below 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 lower 20s to the upper 30s, with lows 0 to the upper teens. Topsoil moisture adequate and surplus is 56 percent compared with 52 percent last year. Subsoil moisture was 43 percent adequate and surplus compared to 51 percent last year.

Harvest of corn for grain is nearly complete, just behind last year with 93 percent harvested compared to 97 percent last year. Winter wheat condition is above last year with 40 percent good to excellent and 30 percent last year. Emergence is slightly behind last year with 85 percent emerged with minimal winter damage as of yet.

Range and pasture feed condition is 7 percent good to excellent compared to 31 percent last year. Snow and drought have taken a toll on grazing conditions early this year with 34 percent closed compared to 5 percent last year. Supplemental feeding of livestock continues ahead of last with 90 percent of cattle and 96 percent of sheep being fed compared with 72 percent and 69 percent last year respectively.

Date: 1/14/2013



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