Ag stats: Wyoming crop progress and condition report – week ending August 29, 2021

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Published Thursday, September 2, 2021

This week brought scattered precipitation and mild temperatures to most of Wyoming, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Counties along the western border received much needed moisture this week, with rainfall totals over half an inch in some areas. There was scarce precipitation for areas in the central and eastern portions of the State. Scattered areas received 0.25 inches of rainfall, with many areas receiving no significant rainfall.

Niobrara and Lincoln counties reported no moisture this week. Much of the State experienced average temperatures during the week. Average daily temperatures ranged from 2 degrees above to 2 degrees below normal temperatures for this time of year. Temperatures in the northwestern corner dipped 4 degrees below normal while temperatures in the southeastern corner reached 3 degrees above normal.

Lincoln county reported cooler daytime temperatures, with nighttime temperatures reaching freezing. Despite scattered precipitation received this week, drought conditions remained mostly unchanged.

According to the United States Drought Monitor for August 26, 2021, the amount of land rated as abnormally dry was 4.9 percent, compared to 5.3 percent last week. Moderate drought was present across 35.0 percent of the State, compared to 34.4 percent last week. Severe drought and extreme drought conditions remained unchanged at 29.4 percent and 30.5 percent of the State, respectively. Overall, 99.8 percent of the State is experiencing drought conditions, a slight increase from 99.6 percent last week. 

Platte county reported cooler temperatures this week improved non-irrigated pasture conditions. Comments from Goshen and Weston counties indicated another week of warm temperatures and spotty rainfall. Despite the spotty rainfall in Weston County, the county remains dry and water sources are stressed. Grass conditions remain poor and with increased hay prices, the county is seeing ranchers sell livestock earlier than normal.

Corn was reported at 22 percent dented this week, compared to 26 percent dented this time last year. Dry edible beans are 17 percent cut, compared to 20 percent cut this time last year. Harvest of the second cutting of alfalfa hay is nearing completion, with harvest reported at 95 percent this week.

Winter wheat planting continues - planting was reported at 7 percent this week compared to 3 percent planted this time last year.

Stock water supplies across Wyoming were rated 32 percent very short, 43 percent short, 24 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus, compared to 30 percent very short, 40 percent short, 29 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus last week.

Irrigation water supplies were rated 19 percent very poor, 19 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 29 percent good, and 11 percent excellent.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Alfalfa 

       

2nd cutting harvested 

95 

84 

NA 

NA 

3rd cutting harvested 

25 

12 

32 

17 

Barley 

       

Harvested 

80 

71 

81 

82 

Corn 

       

Doughed 

80 

58 

94 

76 

Dented 

22 

26 

13 

Dry edible beans 

       

Turning color 

55 

38 

56 

53 

Cut 

17 

20 

Winter Wheat 

       

Planted 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.9 

5.7 

6.9 

6.7 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

25 

33 

52 

24 

Short 

42 

36 

24 

35 

Adequate 

32 

28 

24 

39 

Surplus 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

29 

34 

53 

25 

Short 

38 

35 

27 

34 

Adequate 

32 

30 

20 

40 

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 

14 

13 

Poor 

17 

11 

20 

Fair 

19 

19 

16 

14 

Good 

45 

52 

60 

69 

Excellent 

-- 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

22 

16 

Good 

91 

90 

70 

78 

Excellent 

-- 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

18 

18 

19 

13 

Good 

79 

79 

80 

83 

Excellent 

-- 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

31 

32 

35 

14 

Poor 

37 

31 

38 

19 

Fair 

22 

25 

23 

32 

Good 

11 

31 

Excellent 

-- 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

18 

27 

12 

Good 

80 

61 

97 

81 

Excellent 

-- 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

39 

34 

25 

16 

Good 

52 

61 

69 

77 

Excellent 

-- 

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