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Small grain harvest underway Montana


Days suitable for field work during the week ending Aug. 17 were 5.6 days compared to 6.4 days last year according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Montana Field Office, Aug. 18.

Harvest of small grains is underway ahead of the 5 year average for all except Durum wheat which is 2 percent harvested while the 5 year average is 12 percent complete. Heavy precipitation from thunderstorms is delaying harvest in some areas.

Topsoil moisture rated adequate and surplus is 48 percent compared with 57 percent last year and the 5 year average of 51 percent. Subsoil moisture was rated 50 percent adequate and surplus compared to 63 percent last year and the 5 year average of 53 percent.

Pasture conditions continue their seasonal decline despite decent precipitation in many areas. Range and pasture conditions are below both last year and the 5 year average with 44 percent good to excellent compared to 60 percent and 45 percent respectively. Producers have begun to move livestock off summer ranges well below last year’s rate with 1 percent of cattle and 2 percent of sheep moved.

Date: 8/25/2014

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