Ag stats: Wyoming crop progress and condition report – week ending August 28, 2022

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Published Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Precipitation varied across Wyoming for the week ending August 28, 2022, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Precipitation levels were mostly below normal in southern portions of the State. Scattered areas of the south received up to 0.4 inches of rain, but in many areas, amounts were zero to trace. Northern areas fared somewhat better, with minor portions of the northwest receiving approximately an inch of rain.

Temperatures once again ran above average. All of Wyoming saw temperatures ranging from 1 to 5 degrees above normal, with mostly the north and west seeing the warmer conditions.

Changes in drought conditions were minimal. According to the US Drought Monitor for August 25, 2022, the amount of land that was drought free remained unchanged at 9.9 percent. Portions of the State experiencing abnormal dryness fell by 0.7 percentage points to 34.6 percent. The amount of land experiencing moderate drought increased to 34.3 percent, up 0.7 percentage points from 33.6 percent the previous week. Both severe and extreme drought conditions remained unchanged at 19.6 and 1.6 percent, respectively.

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Wyoming Drought Conditions - August 23, 2022 - National Drought Mitigation Center

In Goshen County, the hot weather continued. Scattered rains benefitted northern sections of the county. Central and southern portions of the county remained adversely dry.

Autumn was fast approaching in Lincoln County. Mornings were getting cold with the likelihood of a freeze in the near future. Conditions were still dry, with a strong need for moisture.

Platte County was also in dire need of moisture. No precipitation was received last week. Pastures and dryland crops suffered under the warm and dry conditions. Even pastures with new growth showed signs of stress.

Irrigation water supplies across the State were rated 14 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 16 percent fair, and 41 percent good, compared to 12 percent very poor, 34 percent poor, 21 percent fair, and 33 percent good last week.

Stock water supplies across Wyoming were rated 7 percent very short, 48 percent short, and 45 percent adequate, compared to 5 percent very short, 42 percent short, and 53 percent adequate last week.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Alfalfa hay 

       

2nd cutting harvested 

60 

55 

93 

NA 

3rd cutting harvested 

18 

-- 

23 

16 

Barley 

       

Mature 

95 

83 

NA 

NA 

Harvested 

80 

77 

79 

77 

Corn 

       

Doughed 

81 

55 

77 

74 

Dented 

NA 

20 

14 

Dry edible beans 

       

Setting pods 

93 

89 

NA 

NA 

Turning color 

15 

53 

48 

Winter wheat 

       

Mature 

96 

93 

NA 

NA 

Harvested 

92 

87 

NA 

NA 

Planted 

11 

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DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork

6.5 

6.6 

6.9 

6.9 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

36 

45 

25 

26 

Short 

45 

36 

42 

37 

Adequate 

19 

19 

32 

37 

Surplus 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

39 

48 

29 

28 

Short 

48 

39 

38 

35 

Adequate 

13 

13 

32 

37 

Surplus 

-- 

-- 

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CROP, LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE CONDITION

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Alfalfa hay 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

14 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

17 

Fair 

40 

43 

19 

14 

Good 

59 

57 

45 

65 

Excellent 

-- 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

15 

24 

15 

Good 

84 

76 

91 

80 

Excellent 

-- 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

33 

35 

18 

15 

Good 

66 

57 

79 

80 

Excellent 

-- 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

16 

18 

31 

18 

Poor 

20 

17 

37 

24 

Fair 

35 

36 

22 

30 

Good 

28 

29 

25 

Excellent 

-- 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

18 

18 

13 

Good 

91 

82 

80 

79 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

13 

17 

39 

21 

Good 

82 

83 

52 

71 

Excellent 

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