Ag stats: Wyoming crop progress and condition report – week ending April 17, 2022

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Published Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Some areas in the north-western portion of Wyoming received over an inch of precipitation for the week ending April 17, 2022, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Precipitation levels were mostly below normal in the southern and eastern sections of the State. Winds were strong and temperatures were below normal. In some areas, temperatures were on average as much as 20 degrees below normal. The precipitation that was received did little to alleviate drought conditions.

According to the United States Drought Monitor for April 14, 2022, the amount of land rated as abnormally dry was 2.4 percent, compared to 2.8 percent last week. Moderate drought was present across 37.7 percent of the State, compared to 37.3 percent last week. Severe drought covered 39.3 percent of the State, compared to 39.7 percent last week. Extreme drought covered 20.6 percent of the State, compared to 20.2 percent the previous week.

Precipitation received in Goshen County was insufficient. The strong winds quickly depleted soil moisture levels and increased erosion. Some reports were that soil was depleted of moisture at levels 1/2 inch below the surface.

Moisture was also insufficient in Lincoln County. Mountain snowpack was low and irrigation levels were too low for crop production. Farm sheep producers had finished lambing and range flocks were expected to lamb in May. Shearing was expected to begin within the next couple of weeks. New-born kid goats were dying soon after birth due to low iodine levels.

In Weston County, strong winds and colder temperatures caused substantial calf losses. Predator attacks were also high.

Barley planted jumped to 69 percent complete compared to 40 percent last week. Sugarbeets planted stood at 10 percent complete compared to 5 percent last week.

Hay and roughage supplies were 16 percent very short, 51 percent short, 31 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus compared to 18 percent very short, 48 percent short, and 34 percent adequate last week.

Stock water supplies were 10 percent very short, 22 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus compared to 19 percent very short, 23 percent short, and 58 percent adequate last week.

Irrigation water supplies were rated 1 percent very poor, 37 percent poor, 46 percent fair, and 16 percent good compared to 46 percent poor, 37 percent fair, and 17 percent good last week.

Cattle death loss was 1 percent heavy, 63 percent average, and 36 percent light.

Sheep death loss was 1 percent heavy 62 percent average, and 37 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Barley 

       

Planted 

69 

40 

63 

58 

Emerged 

27 

10 

13 

12 

Sugarbeets 

       

Planted 

10 

10 

Winter wheat 

       

Jointed 

NA 

NA 

Cattle and calves 

       

Cows calved 

70 

63 

71 

67 

Sheep and lambs 

       

Ewes lambed 

60 

57 

48 

50 

Sheep shorn 

45 

38 

58 

63 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork

5.4 

6.0 

4.0 

4.3 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

33 

42 

28 

Short 

34 

35 

28 

16 

Adequate 

32 

23 

44 

71 

Surplus 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

34 

43 

34 

11 

Short 

40 

40 

32 

19 

Adequate 

26 

17 

34 

66 

Surplus 

-- 

-- 

-- 

CROP, LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE CONDITION

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

27 

36 

26 

Poor 

21 

24 

34 

16 

Fair 

33 

28 

27 

32 

Good 

17 

12 

13 

42 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

32 

29 

12 

Fair 

49 

55 

80 

44 

Good 

11 

35 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

11 

28 

18 

Good 

83 

92 

64 

77 

Excellent 

-- 

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