Crop Progress - State Stories

IDAHO: The statewide temperatures in Idaho for the month of March varied a few degrees above and below normal. In northern Idaho, pastures started to green up in the lower elevation areas. Winter wheat looked good. Most fields were still too wet for significant fieldwork and soil temperatures still cold for extensive planting. In contrast, somewhat dry conditions were reported across southwest Idaho rangelands. Crop producers and livestock owners hoped for timely spring precipitation. South central Idaho received a little rain and snow moisture the last week in March. Cereal planting started to pick up. Some potatoes and beets were planted. Alfalfa fields also started to green up. Voles looked to be a problem. Winter cereals look good. Winter calving and lambing went well with mild winter weather since January. March conditions were mixed in eastern Idaho. It was still winter in Bear Lake and Teton Counties with snow on the ground. In Power County, it was just dry enough for spring work to start. Concerns over water storage eased slightly with the late March precipitation.

MONTANA: This report for Montana is for the entire month of March 2021. Topsoil moisture 30% very short, 46% short, 23% adequate, 1% surplus. Subsoil moisture 27% very short, 44% short, 29% adequate. Winter wheat - condition 6% very poor, 10% poor, 30% fair, 48% good, 6% excellent. Winter wheat – wind damage 53% none, 21% light, 18% moderate, 8% heavy. Winter wheat – freeze and drought damage 65% none, 17% light, 15% moderate, 3% heavy. Winter wheat – protectiveness of snow cover 76% very poor, 17% poor, 5% fair, 2% good. Pasture and range - condition 28% very poor, 32% poor, 31% fair, 7% good, 2% excellent. Livestock grazing accessibility – 71% open, 9% difficult, 20% closed. Livestock receiving supplemental feed – cattle and calves 86% fed. Livestock receiving supplemental feed – sheep and lambs 89% fed. The month of March produced warmer winter conditions and minimal moisture across the state of Montana, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural S