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Weather helps range conditions improve montana


Much of Montana had hot days and mild nights for the week ending June 9, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Montana Field Office, June 10.

Lewistown received the highest amount of precipitation for the week with 2.84 inches of moisture. Most other stations reported receiving 0.01 to 2.48 inches of precipitation. High temperatures ranged from the mid 70s to the upper 80s, with the state-wide high temperature of 87 degrees recorded at Roundup. A majority of stations reported lows in the mid 20s to the mid 40s, the coldest being Nye at 21 degrees, followed by Cooke City and West Yellowstone with 24 degrees.

Topsoil moisture adequate and surplus is 90 percent compared with 72 percent last year and the 5 year average of 85 percent. Subsoil moisture was 71 percent adequate and surplus compared to 69 percent last year and the 5 year average of 77 percent.

The weather outlook for June 17 through June 23 is for near normal temperatures and above normal precipitation both east and west of the Great Divide. Normal temperatures for this period in Montana are highs in the upper 60s to the upper 70s, with lows in the mid 30s to the lower 50s.

Warm, sunny weather following the heavy rains of the last weeks of May has greatly improved range conditions and promoted grass growth. Movement of cattle and sheep to summer ranges is nearing completion just behind last year with 86 percent and 80 percent moved, respectively.

Winter wheat continues to develop behind last year with 21 percent in boot stage and 3 percent headed. Spring wheat condition is off to a good start with 59 percent and has begun to enter boot stage.

Date: 7/15/2013



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