Ag stats: Wyoming crop progress and condition report – week ending July 24, 2022

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Published Wednesday, July 27, 2022

There was no break from the hot and dry conditions for the majority of Wyoming for the week ending July 25, 2022, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Isolated portions of southern and eastern Wyoming saw temperatures as much as 5 degrees above average. Moisture was negligible for much of Wyoming. Only a few portions of the southwest and north received precipitation levels that were slightly above normal.

According to the United States Drought Monitor for July 19, 2022, the amount of land that was drought free fell to 10.6 percent, compared to 11.6 percent the previous week. The amount of land rated abnormally dry stood at 26.6 percent, compared to 28.2 percent the previous week. Moderate drought increased to 37.8 percent, up from 35.7 percent last week. Severe drought fell one percentage point to 19.9 percent. Extreme drought increased to 5.1 percent, compared to 3.6 percent last week.

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MAP Wyoming Drought Conditions - July 19, 2022 - National Drought Mitigation Center
Wyoming Drought Conditions - July 19, 2022 - National Drought Mitigation Center

A report from Carbon County indicated that irrigated native hay production was poor with low yields in some fields.

The southern areas of Goshen County remained severely dry. Spotty rains in northern portions of the County alleviated dryness in some pastures and fields.

The weather remained mostly hot and dry in Lincoln County and moisture was needed. The first crop of alfalfa was nearly all harvested.

A report from Weston County indicated losses on dryland grain, grass, alfalfa, and mixed hay fields. Hay supplies were insufficient in areas that experienced high winds with low moisture levels or minimal snow cover. Forage fields containing alfalfa were not maturing. Fields were drying up and lying down before farmers could harvest. Hay fields in the lowlands, however, were performing well. Ranges were maturing and drying early with the higher temperatures. Dusty conditions resulted from the low top-soil moisture levels.

Irrigation water supplies across the State were rated 1 percent very poor, 27 percent poor, 26 percent fair, and 46 percent good, compared to 2 percent very poor, 19 percent poor, 27 percent fair, and 52 percent good last week.

Stock water supplies across Wyoming were rated 5 percent very short, 43 percent short, 51 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus, compared to 6 percent very short, 36 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus last week.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Alfalfa hay 

       

1st cutting harvested 

95 

87 

NA 

NA 

2nd cutting harvested 

23 

10 

29 

29 

Barley 

       

Booted 

94 

89 

NA 

NA 

Headed 

86 

82 

NA 

NA 

Turning color 

67 

58 

75 

63 

Mature 

24 

13 

39 

28 

Corn 

       

Silked 

21 

15 

Dry edible beans 

       

Blooming 

74 

51 

38 

45 

Setting pods 

17 

12 

Other hay 

       

1st cutting harvested 

74 

67 

79 

78 

Winter wheat 

       

Turning color 

89 

74 

93 

90 

Mature 

37 

19 

38 

57 

Harvested 

18 

16 

19 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork

6.5 

6.7 

6.8 

6.4 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

28 

24 

34 

21 

Short 

43 

44 

45 

37 

Adequate 

29 

32 

20 

41 

Surplus 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

31 

26 

43 

21 

Short 

38 

36 

35 

38 

Adequate 

31 

38 

22 

41 

Surplus 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

CROP, LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE CONDITION

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Alfalfa hay 

       

Very poor 

19 

Poor 

11 

Fair 

17 

19 

23 

16 

Good 

75 

75 

41 

70 

Excellent 

Barley 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

17 

18 

21 

12 

Good 

75 

75 

73 

83 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

25 

24 

Good 

75 

69 

91 

86 

Excellent 

-- 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

10 

13 

-- 

Fair 

50 

41 

18 

13 

Good 

40 

43 

79 

83 

Excellent 

-- 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

14 

29 

12 

Poor 

24 

25 

32 

18 

Fair 

23 

29 

28 

29 

Good 

37 

36 

11 

37 

Excellent 

-- 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

11 

Fair 

13 

13 

27 

15 

Good 

87 

86 

61 

80 

Excellent 

-- 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

17 

10 

Poor 

41 

38 

Fair 

38 

47 

45 

32 

Good 

38 

49 

Excellent 

-- 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

24 

20 

26 

13 

Good 

71 

70 

68 

80 

Excellent 

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