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Crop Progress, ♫ For Amber Waves Of Grain ♫

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Condition Descriptions:

 

Very Poor - Extreme degree of loss to yield potential, complete or near crop failure. Pastures provide very little or no feed considering the time of year. Supplemental feeding is required to maintain livestock condition.

Poor- Heavy degree of loss of yield potential which can be caused by excess soil moisture, drought, disease, etc. Pastures are providing only marginal feed for the current time of year. Some supplemental feeding is required to maintain livestock condition.

Fair - Less than normal crop condition. Yield loss is a possibility, but the extent is unknown. Pastures are providing generally adequate feed but still less than normal for the time of year.

Good - Yield prospects are normal or above normal. Moisture levels are adequate with only light disease and insect damage. Pastures are providing adequate feed supplies for the current time of year.

Excellent - Yield prospects are above normal, and crops are experiencing little or no stress. Pastures are supplying feed more than what is normally expected at the current time of year.

 

 

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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 several counties across the state noted producers are dealing with a grasshopper infestation, which is affecting the condition of some crops. Reporters in Judith Basin, Phillips and Richland counties reported moisture was received the past week, improving crop and pasture conditions. Topsoil moisture conditions for the state were 88 percent adequate to surplus, compared to 77 percent in the previous week and 86 percent the previous year. Subsoil moisture conditions were rated 86 percent adequate to surplus compared to 78 percent the previous year. Barley booted was estimated at 80 percent, ahead of the previous year at 61 percent, but behind the 5-year average of 85 percent. Durum wheat booted is estimated at 55 percent complete, ahead of the previous year of 51 percent, but behind the 5-year average of 70 percent. Spring wheat booted is estimated at 80 percent complete, ahead of the previous year at 61 percent. Winter wheat was reported with 94 percent of the crop headed, ahead of the previous year at 86 percent and the 5-year average of 93 percent. An estimated 34 percent of the winter wheat crop has turned color, compared to 24 percent the previous year. Winter wheat conditions were rated as 86 percent good to excellent, compared to 70 percent this time last year.”

 

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2-Row Malting Barley

2-Row Malting Barley

 

 

The winter wheat crop continues to progress to an exceedingly excellent condition at 53%, with the 5-year average being only 24%. Every year its always a feeling of mixed emotions seeing the wheat turn color. Its in many cases the signal that summer is moving towards an end. I would anticipate harvest to be in full swing 1 month from now.

 

My wife and I went on an exploratory bike ride this past weekend. Pictures do not do justice to how beautiful blooming fields are. I believe the pink crop below is sainfoin. If you have a chance to get out and see the countryside right now, please take the opportunity.

There are many colors to see! Yellow- Canola, White- Chickpea, Blue-Lentils, Pink- Sainfoin but so many others not to mention wildflowers.

 

 

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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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