GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) -- Hot, dry weather over recent weeks has sapped soil moisture in Montana.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says only 30 percent of the topsoil in Montana has moisture rated at adequate or above and just 31 percent of subsoil moisture is adequate.

Carl Mattson of the Montana Grain Growers Association says many areas of the state need a good inch of moisture to improve soil conditions for crops.

The dry conditions also are a problem for ranchers. The USDA says 44 percent of pasture lands are currently rated at poor or very poor.

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