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Continuing spring rain and snow have pushed moisture levels well ahead of last year, the state's Agricultural Sytatistics Service said Monday.

Farmers and ranchers fieldwork was rated 71 percent well underway, compared with just 52 percent during early May 2002, the weekly report noted.

Topsoil moisture was rated 84 percent either adequate or surplus, compared with just 37 percent in those categories a year ago.

The weekly report noted about half the cattle and sheep in Montana still are receiving supplemental feed, but most calving and lambing is completed. About three-quarters of the summer pasture is rated fair to excellent.

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