MWBC Crop Conditions: Planting 1% Ahead

According to NASS: Dry, windy conditions were observed, and minimal moisture was received across the state of Montana, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, approximately 83 percent of Montana is abnormally dry or in a current state of drought, with about 18 percent of the state in severe to exceptional drought. Reporters across the state noted that dry conditions persist and the outlook for moisture across the state is minimal. Topsoil moisture conditions were 27 percent adequate to surplus, down significantly from the previous year at 97 percent. Subsoil moisture conditions were 29 percent adequate to surplus. Planting is starting gradually across the state. Barley planted was estimated at 8 percent complete, slightly ahead of the 5-year average of 7 percent. Planting of dry peas started this week, with an estimate 2 percent of the crop planted. Oats planted is estimate at 3 percent complete, ahead of the previous year, but slightly behind the 5-year average of 4 percent. Spring wheat planted was reported at 6 percent complete, ahead of the 5-year average of 5 percent. Winter wheat was reported with 52 percent of the crop breaking dormancy, ahead of the previous year at 47 percent and the 5-year average of 50 percent. Winter wheat conditions were rated as 58 percent good to excellent compared to 54 percent this time last year. Reporters in Phillips and Wibaux counties stated without moisture, livestock producers could start reducing herds due to lack of water and forage growth. Grazing accessibility is relatively unchanged from the previous week, with an estimated 84 percent of pastures open, compared to 85 percent the previous week. Calving and lambing continue to make progress, with 60 percent of cows calved and 45 percent of ewes lambed.


1% of barley and spring wheat planting equals: 38,000 acres. 1% seems like a small amount but is a heck of alot of acreage!

Our hard-working producers of Montana made great progress over the last week. Planting is 1% ahead of our 5-year average for spring wheat and barley. WE STILL NEED RAIN. Then we need it to rain again after that =)


Board member Charlie Bumgarner near Great Falls MT is just about finished with barley planting. He took a slight delay with some welcomed snowfall. Currently hauling winter wheat as harvest will approach in a blink of an eye. Its already time to run a top dress on winter wheat (which is adding a fertilizer blend based on soil sampling recommendations)




An Update from MSU Barley & Malt quality lab: “It is almost time to plant our Bozeman spring barley plots and Field Manager Greg Lutgen is hard at work filling trays that will be loaded into our plot planter. Pictured here are just a few of the 10 to 20 thousand new lines that will be planted this season. Our fields encompass a lot of variation, note some seeds are purple, some hulled and some hull-less. We use hays (awn-less) and tradition (6-row) to mark trial boundaries because they are visually unique and make easy landmarks to navigate by over the summer! Thanks for all your hard work Greg”

Field days are back on! Look at the schedule CLICK HERE



This photo is from Department of Agriculture employee Weston Merill. Helping out the famliy farm during calving season. The state is now 60% of cows calved.

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


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