Ag stats: Wyoming crop progress and condition report – week ending July 10, 2022

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Published Wednesday, July 13, 2022

Wyoming experienced extremely hot and dry conditions for the week ending July 10, 2022, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

In most areas of the State precipitation levels were below normal. Only isolated areas of the north and east received levels of precipitation that were slightly above normal.

Temperatures were on average 5 degrees above normal in many portions of the State. Only parts of central Wyoming saw average temperatures.

According to the United States Drought Monitor for July 7, 2022, the amount of land that was drought free remained unchanged at 12.8 percent. The amount of land rated abnormally dry was 27.7 percent, down slightly from 27.9 percent last week. Moderate drought grew to 33.3 percent, up from 31.4 percent last week. Severe drought fell to 22.6 percent, compared to 24.3 percent last week. Extreme drought was unchanged at 3.6 percent.

A report from Carbon County indicated some ranchers were hauling water to livestock due to the drought. Some alfalfa fields that were hit with frost in early June did not recover well enough for good production.

Goshen County was overall very hot and dry and irrigation was needed in many fields. Scattered rains brought some relief, but dryland fields were expected to fail. Some crops were damaged by a canal breach.

Lincoln County experienced another hot week without significant precipitation. Vegetation was growing with the cool mornings and warm days, but fields were too short on moisture.

Irrigation water supplies across the State were rated 1 percent very poor, 21 percent poor, 31 percent fair, and 47 percent good, compared to 12 percent poor, 40 percent fair, and 48 percent good last week.

Stock water supplies across Wyoming were rated 3 percent very short, 27 percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus, compared to 3 percent very short, 18 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 4 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 

83 

63 

87 

87 

2nd cutting harvested 

Barley 

       

Jointed 

96 

92 

NA 

NA 

Booted 

84 

79 

NA 

NA 

Headed 

75 

60 

88 

75 

Turning color 

39 

10 

50 

31 

Corn 

       

Silked 

-- 

-- 

NA 

Dry edible beans 

       

Emerged 

100 

88 

NA 

NA 

Blooming 

34 

10 

Setting pods 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Other hay 

       

1st cutting harvested 

58 

36 

53 

58 

Winter wheat 

       

Headed 

96 

76 

94 

93 

Turning color 

51 

29 

52 

52 

Mature 

14 

17 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork

6.7 

7.0 

6.8 

6.7 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

26 

21 

30 

18 

Short 

35 

32 

49 

36 

Adequate 

39 

47 

21 

45 

Surplus 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

27 

25 

42 

19 

Short 

34 

32 

34 

32 

Adequate 

38 

43 

24 

48 

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 

18 

12 

Fair 

15 

23 

20 

20 

Good 

81 

75 

42 

60 

Excellent 

Barley 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

12 

Fair 

16 

15 

23 

13 

Good 

75 

73 

74 

81 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

27 

22 

15 

13 

Good 

71 

75 

85 

83 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

12 

14 

-- 

Fair 

50 

41 

22 

14 

Good 

38 

44 

78 

82 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Other hay 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

12 

Poor 

-- 

17 

Fair 

12 

45 

23 

Good 

89 

87 

22 

62 

Excellent 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

17 

Poor 

24 

19 

31 

17 

Fair 

21 

21 

37 

29 

Good 

45 

50 

14 

40 

Excellent 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

11 

Fair 

14 

22 

27 

17 

Good 

86 

77 

62 

76 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

37 

34 

10 

10 

Fair 

49 

47 

39 

36 

Good 

11 

17 

47 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

11 

11 

30 

14 

Good 

79 

80 

67 

79 

Excellent 

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