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Crop Progress, Durum 90% Harvested, Last year...43%

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According to NASS: Warm temperatures and scattered moisture were observed across Montana during the past week, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Reporters in Phillips, Stillwater and Sweet Grass counties noted the heat and grasshoppers are continuing to take a toll on crop conditions. Topsoil moisture conditions for the state were 36 percent adequate to surplus, compared to 26 percent in the previous week and 87 percent the previous year. Subsoil moisture conditions were rated 41 percent adequate to surplus compared to 73 percent the previous year. Barley harvest is almost complete, with an estimated 95 percent of the crop harvested, ahead of the previous year at 79 percent and the 5-year average of 92 percent. Corn for silage harvest is progressing well, with an estimated 34 percent of the crop harvested, ahead of the previous year at 27 percent, and equal to the 5-year average. Dry edible bean harvest is moving along steadily, with an estimated 73 percent of the crop harvested, ahead of the previous year at 56 percent, but behind the 5-year average of 80 percent. Durum wheat harvest made great progress last week, with an estimated 80 percent of the crop harvested, compared to 75 percent the previous week and a 5-year average of 80 percent. Oilseed harvest continues, with an estimated 70 percent of flaxseed and 76 percent of the mustard seed crop harvested, compared to the previous year at 23 percent and 61 percent, respectively. Safflower harvested is estimated at 30 percent complete, ahead of the previous year and 5-year average at 14 percent and 26 percent, respectively. Oat harvest is wrapping up, with an estimated 90 percent of the crop harvested, ahead of the previous year at 83 percent. Spring wheat harvested is estimated at 92 percent complete, significantly ahead of the previous year at 67 percent, and slightly ahead of the 5-year average of 88 percent. Second cutting for alfalfa and other hay is progressing ahead of the previous year, with 90 percent of alfalfa and 76 percent of other hay harvested. Planting of the 2021 winter wheat crop progresses ahead of schedule, with an estimated 13 percent of the crop planted, compared to 4 percent the previous year and the 5-year average of 9 percent. Dry conditions have caused some producers to change their pasture management strategies by moving cattle from summer pastures quicker, with an estimated 11 percent of cattle and calves and 12 percent of sheep and lambs moved from pasture. Reporters continue to note that grasshoppers, along with the dry conditions, are depleting pasture condition and stunting regrowth across the state.

 

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Seed dealers are buzzing with activity as producers intend to plant winter wheat. Scattered showers in combination with a slight frost last week signaled producers to go ahead and get started planting. I am hearing Coaxium varieties like battle-axe are flying off the shelves as well as keldin and bobcat.

 

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Looking at our harvest progress it is shocking how behind we were last year. This time last year, spring wheat was at 67%, now this year 92% above the 88% 5-year average. Durum which was hit very heavy last year with pre harvest sprout is now 90% harvested, last year 43%. Aside from grasshoppers and wireworms this harvest has been above average. We are very thankful for cooperating weather patterns and the hard-working producers in the treasure state. With harvest close to an end we can put 2020 behind us, as we plant next years crop which could only be a brighter future.

 

Take a look at what the producers are experiencing via Montana Grain Growers Association: Click HERE

 

Each week starting next week we will be releasing a video from a series we produced at the state grain lab. These videos will look at the entire process from collecting samples to resulting in a grade certificate. We are excited about them and the many potential uses. These videos provide assurance that what you buy from Montana is what you are expecting. It’s a Guarantee.

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At the wheat and barley committee we have had many zoom calls assuring buyers that our state can provide the quality they are looking for. Montana’s grains are a premium product with Montana Protein. If you need to bring your quality up in your flour blends give us a call =)

 

 

My wife and i snuck out for a beautiful sunset bike ride. Theres never really a worry about cars out here only rattle snakes. The sun is setting much earlier now around 8pm.

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If you need help sourcing wheat and barley ingredients for your business, we would love to help. We will connect you with several options that provide numerous methods of delivery. All our wheat and barley suppliers can conduct negotiations virtually to fit your country or states regulations if needed, otherwise social distancing is not a problem out here =)

-Sam Anderson

WBC@mt.gov

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