Crop Progress, Snow Day Delay

According to NASS: Cooler temperatures and scattered precipitation were observed across Montana during the past week, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Reporters in Judith Basin, Roosevelt and Valley counties noted temperatures cooled last week and much needed moisture was received toward weeks end. Topsoil moisture conditions for the state were 23 percent adequate to surplus, compared to 18 percent in the previous week, and 97 percent the previous year. Subsoil moisture conditions were rated 34 percent adequate to surplus compared to 95 percent the previous year. Corn for grain harvest progressed, with an estimated 32 percent of the crop harvested, equal to the 5-year average, and ahead of the previous year at 11 percent. Corn for silage harvest is almost complete, with an estimated 95 percent of the crop harvested, ahead of the previous year at 74 percent and the 5-year average of 91 percent. Safflower harvest is estimated at 80 percent complete, ahead of the previous year and 5-year average at 51 percent and 61 percent, respectively. Sugarbeet harvest progressed well last week, with an estimated 36 percent of the crop harvested, ahead of the previous year at 22 percent, but behind the 5-year average of 41 percent. Planting of the 2021 winter wheat crop continues to progress behind the average, with an estimated 77 percent of the crop planted, ahead of the previous year at 74 percent, but behind the 5-year average of 84 percent. Emergence of the 2021 winter wheat crop advanced last week, with an estimated 57 percent of the crop emerged, ahead of the previous year at 36 percent, but behind the 5-year average of 60 percent. As dry conditions continue to effect pasture conditions, moving livestock off summer pasture progresses and supplemental feeding has increased quicker than normal. An estimated 49 percent of cattle and calves and 51 percent of sheep and lambs have been moved from pasture, with 27 percent of cattle and 29 percent of sheep receiving supplement feed.





Over the weekend Great Falls received record October snowfall totaling around 35 CM. Temperatures dropped significantly hovering around the freezing point. How this will affect winter wheat planting is still yet to be known. If temperatures continue below freezing and snowfall continues in winter wheat growing regions, issues may arise. Looking into early November an opportune window to plant is possible.



The moisture is welcome as most of Montana is under drought conditions. The figures reported by NASS and our drought status has not been updated. Winter wheat planting is 7% behind the 5-year average we are 3% ahead of last year. Producers would still like to increase their winter wheat acres and this storm will delay planting. I am still optimistic that we will get all the acres needed. 

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