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Hot weather continues montana

The weather during the week ending July 21, continued to be hot throughout the state with some scattered storms, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Montana Field Office, July 22.

Bredette received the highest amount of precipitation for the week with 2.10 inches of moisture. Most other stations reported receiving none to 1.01 inches of precipitation. High temperatures ranged from the upper 80s to high 90s, with the state-wide high temperature of 100 degrees recorded at Roundup. A majority of stations reported lows in the mid 40s to the low 50s with the coldest being Wisdom at 31 degrees.

Both topsoil and subsoil moisture ratings were lower than last week, but continue to be better last year and the 5-year average. Topsoil moisture is 53 percent adequate and surplus compared with 23 percent last year and the 5-year average of 48 percent. Subsoil moisture was 57 percent adequate and surplus compared to 35 percent last year and the 5 year average of 55 percent.

The weather outlook for July 29 through Aug. 4 is for near normal temperatures and above normal precipitation east and west of the Continental Divide. Normal temperatures for this period in Montana are highs in the upper 70s to 90 degrees with lows in the lower 40s to lower 60s.

Crop progress advanced during the week due to the continued heat. Crop conditions are better than a year ago. Winter wheat harvest is just beginning with 1 percent harvested compared with 10 percent last year and the 5 year average of 2 percent. First cutting of alfalfa and other hay harvest is ahead of the 5 year average with 94 percent and 86 percent harvested, respectively.

Range and pasture conditions are 52 percent good to excellent which is significantly higher than last year’s 14 percent, but slightly lower than the 5 year average of 54 percent.

Date: 7/29/2013

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