Ag stats: Wyoming crop progress and condition report – week ending August 21, 2022

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Published Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Temperatures were once again above average for the majority of Wyoming for the week ending August 21, 2022, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Some areas of northwestern Wyoming saw temperatures as much as 5 degrees above normal. In portions of the southeast, however, temperatures were at or only slightly below normal. The week brought mostly below average levels of precipitation. Many areas saw rainfall amounts at or near zero to 0.10 inches. Isolated portions of the southwest, central, and far eastern Wyoming saw precipitation levels of about 0.25 to 0.55 inches of rain.

According to the US Drought Monitor for August 18, 2022, drought conditions improved. The amount of land rated drought free increased to 9.9 percent, compared to 7.5 percent the previous week. Conditions were rated abnormally dry in 35.3 percent of the State, up 5.5 percentage points from last week's 29.8 percent. Moderate drought was found in 33.6 percent of Wyoming, down slightly from 34.7 percent last week. Severe drought fell to 19.6 percent, compared to 22.5 percent last week. Extreme drought was found in only 1.6 percent of the State, compared to 5.5 percent the previous week.

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MAP Wyoming Drought Conditions - August 16, 2022 - National Drought Mitigation Center
MAP Wyoming Drought Conditions - August 16, 2022 - National Drought Mitigation Center

There was thunderstorm activity in Lincoln County, but more moisture was needed. Nights were getting cold with frost expected at any time.

In Goshen County, rains were a boost to farmers prospects for planting winter wheat in the upcoming weeks. The Goshen Hole area remained dry.

Irrigation water supplies across the State were rated 12 percent very poor, 34 percent poor, 21 percent fair, and 33 percent good, compared to 9 percent very poor, 32 percent poor, 18 percent fair, and 41 percent good last week.

Stock water supplies across Wyoming were rated 5 percent very short, 42 percent short, and 53 percent adequate, compared to 5 percent very short, 51 percent short, and 44 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 

55 

45 

84 

83 

Barley 

       

Turning color 

95 

91 

NA 

NA 

Mature 

83 

77 

93 

84 

Harvested 

77 

50 

70 

64 

Corn 

       

Silked 

97 

82 

95 

95 

Doughed 

55 

35 

56 

55 

Dry edible beans 

       

Blooming 

96 

93 

NA 

NA 

Setting pods 

89 

71 

93 

85 

Turning color 

36 

26 

Other hay 

       

1st cutting harvested 

95 

92 

NA 

NA 

Winter wheat 

       

Mature 

93 

91 

NA 

NA 

Harvested 

87 

79 

NA 

NA 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork

6.6 

6.6 

5.7 

6.6 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

45 

36 

33 

29 

Short 

36 

45 

36 

33 

Adequate 

19 

19 

28 

37 

Surplus 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

48 

39 

34 

28 

Short 

39 

45 

35 

36 

Adequate 

13 

16 

30 

36 

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 

-- 

-- 

13 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

11 

Fair 

43 

34 

19 

13 

Good 

57 

66 

52 

71 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

24 

19 

14 

Good 

76 

81 

90 

80 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

35 

43 

18 

14 

Good 

57 

48 

79 

81 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

18 

18 

32 

16 

Poor 

17 

20 

31 

21 

Fair 

36 

34 

25 

33 

Good 

29 

28 

11 

27 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

18 

27 

17 

Good 

82 

91 

61 

75 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

17 

23 

34 

17 

Good 

83 

77 

61 

77 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

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