July 10, 2024

 

Carter County - Michael Hansen

Things are running out of moisture quickly. Really needed a good Fourth of July rain and we didn’t get it. Over the three days of showers, we ended up with three tenths which was better than nothing, but not enough to fill in the cracks. Winter wheat is pretty much completely turned. Best guess it’s ready to cut before I am ready to cut it. Still trying to make hay bales. Grass hay is pretty much a disappointment, not wearing out the clutch on the baling tractor by any means in it. Also put some fungicide and foliar fertilizer on the chickpeas. Moisture conditions have been poor. Winter wheat, Durum, Barley, Garbanzos, Canola, Mustard, Oats, Hay, and Hay barley were seeded this growing year. Winter wheat is in the soft dough growth stage. Barley is in the filling growth stage. The heat is a cause for concern.  

  

 

Fergus County - Boyd Heilig

Things still look good around central Montana. Lots of hay going down this week. I think that everyone is worried about the high temps coming the next 10 days and what that will do to the spring crops. Hoping that the wind doesn’t get too bad as well. I would say that harvest will start around the 1st of August here. Moisture conditions have been fair. We have received .25 inches of precipitation within the last week. Winter wheat, Spring wheat, Barley, and Canola were seeded this growing year. Winter wheat is in the soft dough growth stage. Spring wheat is in the filling growth stage. Barley is in the filling growth stage.

  

 

 

Fergus County - Robert Bold

Hope everyone had a good 4th of July holiday. Remember, in England they had to work the 4th--no 4th of July holiday there. Usually the 4th is 95 degrees, 25 mph hot SW wind and 15% humidity. This year was just great. Now with the heat in the forecast, the winter wheat is turning fast. I think winter wheat test weight will be good this year. With this hot weather, may even have some protein. With the almost 1% higher protein average in KS this year, don't expect any protein premiums. June closed out with 80% of average rainfall.  The cool June made up for the difference. Had some relatives from the Mid-West here over the weekend. Had to look over old family photos and get updated on family history. Over 100 years ago, there was no penicillin or novocain. 90 years ago was the Great Depression which my parents remember the most due to its hardships. 90 years ago the US had a population of 125 million. Today it's about 380 million, or about 3 times what it was. The world population was 2.1 billion and today 7.8 billion or about 3.5 times what it was. So the growth is about even. However, today, unlike 90 years ago, the US as a country, has the 3rd largest population following only China and India. 90 years ago you could buy a Ford car for $515--with a V8! What horsepower and speed! (Just ask Bonnie and Clyde.) That would be the same as a 600 hp Mustang today. Though quite a bit more than $515. Moisture conditions have been good. We have received .45 inches of precipitation within the last week. Winter wheat and Spring wheat were seeded this growing year. Winter wheat is in the hard dough growth stage. Spring wheat is in the soft dough growth stage.

   

Gallatin County – Dale Flikkema

Things are looking good. Hopefully we can keep our irrigation water for a couple of weeks. Moisture conditions have been good. We have received .25 inches of precipitation within the last week. Spring wheat, Lentils, Canola, Mustard, Hemp, Corn, Oats, and Sunflower were seeded this growing year. Spring wheat is in the filling growth stage. It will be hot and dry this week which is a concern for us.

   

 

Hill County - Trevor Wolery

The oven is set to bake and the chuck roasts are drying out! Our home in the town of Rudyard caught 1.73 inches over the past week, with the farm 20 miles north caught zero. The town of Goldstone did catch .5 inches Saturday (7/6) afternoon so 1 field of ww received a drink. WW is slow to mature with my end of September planting ripening quicker than my end of August planting; showers, fertility, variety, and geography all part of the equation. Still on the slow slug of second time fallow and my boys started a headland cleanup project that has been offices named “Pandora’s Box”. Moisture conditions have been fair. Winter wheat, Barley, and Mustard were seeded this growing year. Winter wheat is in the soft dough growth stage. Barley is in the filling growth stage.

   

 

Judith Basin County – Greg Mathews

For the first week of July, it was a surprise to have it rain 5 days of the week. Sun .07 Mon.08 Tues.38 Fri .03 Sat .01. The spring crops really needed it to help fill as the next 2 weeks look a little warm. The hay crop is not very good as I will have the Fed Crop people out to look at some fields that I will not harvest. Made a few rounds and the windrows are very disappointing. The barley should finish heading out this coming week, as the SW all headed out except where the hail hit. A lot of people started haying on Friday that did not get the rain. Best to all and hope you had a great Fourth. Moisture conditions have been fair. Spring wheat, Barley, and Hay were seeded this growing year. Spring wheat is in the heading growth stage. Barley is in the heading growth stage.

 

Teton County - Mitch Konen

Crops are coming along nicely, as are the wild oats. Just about done with the second round of irrigating. Sounds like the water will run out by the end of the month. Well, we have gone from nice and cool to blazing hot temps. This will bring the stress factor up. Cut some grass hay the past few days and the weather looks to hold good until I get it baled and gathered. Barley and wheat are headed out as are the wild oats. Did I mention wild oats before? Guess so. We are a month away possibly from harvest. Moisture conditions have been fair. We have received .4 inches of precipitation within the last week. Winter wheat, Spring wheat, Barley, and Hay were seeded this growing year. Winter wheat is in the soft dough growth stage. Spring wheat is in the filling growth stage. Barley is in the filling growth stage. It’s going to be a hot one on the prairie for a few days.

 

 

  

 

Toole County - Klayton Lohr

Crop is doing okay; the heat will take its toll. Too much heat! Planning for an August 10th start date for harvest. Moisture conditions have been fair. We have not received any precipitation within the last week. Durum was seeded this growing year. Too much heat, dealing with round 2 of grasshoppers, and zombie kochia are all cause for concern.

 

 

July 2, 2024

 

Carter County - Michael Hansen

Well…June could’ve been nicer to us. Little too much wind and heat with not a lot of moisture sure has taken the green out of everything. Pastures look like August already only the low spots are green. Crops are trying to hang on, but you can definitely tell where the poorer ground is because it’s burnt up. But hopefully the weathermen are right and we will enjoy a cool rainy fourth. Started haying, cut part of the winter wheat and it averaged three tons to the acre. Grass hay is about a bale to acre on what we will cut. 1000 acres the replacement heifers will get to swath for us because it’s just too thin. With any luck we won’t have to buy any hay to make the winter. Also sprayed thousand acres of fallow for neighbors. Moisture conditions have been fair. We have not received any precipitation within the last week. Winter wheat, Durum, Barley, Garbanzos, Canola, Mustard, Oats, Hay, and Hay barley were seeded this growing year. Winter wheat is in the soft dough growth stage. Barley is in the filling growth stage. The wind is still concerning.

   

 

Cascade County - Steve Sheffels

All of the crops are looking good. The winter wheat looks excellent in spite of a hail storm that did 5-15% damage across the path of the storm.  The barley is in that awkward heading out stage where it looks streaky.  It also got the hail, but there wasn't as much damage as the heads were mostly still in the stem. Compared to last year (they went in late) the peas look fantastic. They are almost twice as high as they were last year with lots of flowers. It's exciting to see how they'll do in our second year. Moisture conditions have been good. We have received about an inch of precipitation total in several events within the last week. Winter wheat, Barley, and Peas were seeded this growing year. Winter wheat is in the filling growth stage. Barley is in the heading growth stage. We were mowing several patches of goat grass growing on the edges of a few fields.

 

Fergus County - Boyd Heilig

Things are still looking good here in central Montana where the hail hasn’t hit. Have had some nice showers with some average temperatures. I would say that harvest will probably start here the first part of August. Moisture conditions have been good. Winter wheat, Spring wheat, Barley, and Canola were seeded this growing year. Winter wheat is in the filling growth stage. Spring wheat is in the heading growth stage. Barley is in the filling growth stage.

 

 

Fergus County - Robert Bold

June came to an end with about 80% of normal June moisture. Most of it came the last half instead of the normal first half of the month. The cool temperatures really helped. The crop really looks good! With only 3 super hot days that is what is making this wheat crop, even with the late arrived moisture. But the hot temperatures are in the forecast. Get your house AC up and going. Montana as a state has the third least house hold AC in the US at 65%.  Following Hawaii at 55% and Alaska at 7%. Iowa and Delaware are tied for the highest percentage of houses with AC at 97% each. Haying is in full swing. Windrows and bales are nothing like last year. Probably average at best. The winter wheat is beginning to get colored up.  I have been noticing my canary in the coal mine for price trend is not doing good at all. Back to where we were 60 days ago and gave everything back from the run up. Moisture conditions have been good. We have received .45 inches of precipitation within the last week. Winter wheat and Spring wheat were seeded this growing year. Winter wheat is in the soft dough growth stage. Spring wheat is in the filling growth stage.

 

Gallatin County – Dale Flikkema

Crops are doing very well. Haying got started last week. Some very nice hay got put up in the valley. But has come to a screeching halt. Due to the resent showers. Moisture conditions have been poor. We have received .5 inches of precipitation within the last week. Spring wheat, Lentils, Canola, Mustard, Hemp, Corn, Oats, and Sunflower were seeded this growing year. Spring wheat is in the heading growth stage. We just need more moisture to finish the crops.

  

  

  

 

   

Hill County - Trevor Wolery

HRW is rounding third base on its way to home plate. Received .39 and .32 of precipitation in a couple of showers this past week. We have been fortunate to have dodged the hailstorms lately and condolences to those that had to endure it. Slugging our way through second round of fallow with other side projects currently. Everyone have a safe fourth and God Bless America! Moisture conditions have been good. Winter wheat, Barley, and Mustard were seeded this growing year. Winter wheat is in the filling growth stage. Barley is in the filling growth stage.

  

 

 

Judith Basin County – Greg Mathews

Not a bad week as a whole, as the area got some rain, cooler temps, and too much wind. I think it blew every day this last week. The Central Montana Experiment Field Day was a sad day because of the hail damage. But they had a good crowd and a great lunch. Some started haying last Sunday and got a little bailed up with others still sitting in the windrows. Went to Swift Current on Monday and the crops in the entire Malta area look really good. Lots of pulses in Canada. Rained on Thursday 0.26 and Friday of 0.05 for a total of 0.31 for the week. Might start haying this coming week depending on the forecast, right now they are predicting some rain and cool temps to start the week so will have to see. Best to all. Moisture conditions have been fair. Spring wheat, Barley, and Hay were seeded this growing year. Spring wheat is in the heading growth stage. Barley is in the heading growth stage.