Ag stats: Wyoming crop progress and condition report – week ending July 31, 2022

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Published Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Precipitation levels remained below normal for the majority of Wyoming for the week ending July 31, 2022, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Most of the State received rainfall totals from near zero to 0.4 inches. Only isolated areas received totals up to 1.0 inches of moisture.

Temperatures varied and ran from 2 to 4 degrees below normal for much of the eastern and southern parts of the State. Sections of the west and northwest, however, saw temperatures as much as 4.0 degrees above average.

Wyoming saw little change to drought conditions. According to the United States Drought Monitor for July 28, 2022, the amount of land that was drought free fell slightly to 10.4 percent, compared to 10.6 percent the previous week. The amount of land that was abnormally dry stood at 26.7 percent, a minimal increase from last week's 26.6 percent. Moderate drought was found in 37.9 percent of the state, comparted to 37.8 percent the previous week. Severe drought stood at 17.9 percent, a drop of 2.0 percentage points from last week. Extreme drought increased to 7.1 percent, up from last week's 5.1 percent.

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MAP Wyoming Drought Conditions - July 26, 2022 - National Drought Mitigation Center
MAP Wyoming Drought Conditions - July 26, 2022 - National Drought Mitigation Center

Farmers and ranchers were seeing low grass yields in Carbon County. Some producers were pulling livestock from summer grazing lands 3 to 4 weeks early due to the poor forage conditions. Some fields benefitted from the isolated rain s in northern parts of Goshen County, but southern areas remained very dry.

A report from Lincoln County indicated that the continuing hot and dry conditions were causing some fields to dry up and turn yellow. Irrigation water was under regulation and some hay fields lacked the water necessary for a second crop.

A report from Niobrara County echoed the picture in other counties that fields were drying out. In Platte County, some areas were helped by rain showers. Most of the county was dry and the need for more moisture was critical. Corn was mostly tasseled out. Irrigation water allocations were cut and the negative effects on fields would be seen during the upcoming weeks.

Irrigation water supplies across the State were rated 5 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 17 percent fair, and 47 percent good, compared to 1 percent very poor, 27 percent poor, 26 percent fair, and 46 percent good last week.

Stock water supplies across Wyoming were rated 6 percent very short, 43 percent short, 50 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus, compared to 5 percent very short, 43 percent short, 51 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 

       

2nd cutting harvested 

32 

23 

40 

44 

Barley 

       

Booted 

96 

94 

NA 

NA 

Headed 

89 

86 

NA 

NA 

Turning color 

81 

67 

83 

78 

Mature 

49 

24 

59 

47 

Harvested 

10 

-- 

29 

16 

Corn 

       

Silked 

34 

38 

35 

Doughed 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Dry edible beans 

       

Blooming 

78 

74 

59 

65 

Setting pods 

29 

17 

30 

29 

Other hay 

       

1st cutting harvested 

79 

74 

91 

85 

Winter wheat 

       

Turning color 

98 

89 

NA 

NA 

Mature 

61 

37 

57 

80 

Harvested 

35 

18 

41 

41 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork

6.8 

6.5 

6.3 

6.6 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

28 

28 

25 

17 

Short 

35 

43 

49 

40 

Adequate 

37 

29 

25 

43 

Surplus 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

29 

31 

35 

17 

Short 

37 

38 

38 

38 

Adequate 

34 

31 

26 

45 

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 

-- 

18 

Poor 

-- 

10 

Fair 

13 

17 

17 

15 

Good 

84 

75 

50 

71 

Excellent 

Barley 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

21 

17 

15 

10 

Good 

78 

75 

82 

87 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

25 

25 

14 

Good 

74 

75 

91 

80 

Excellent 

-- 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

10 

-- 

Fair 

43 

50 

18 

15 

Good 

47 

40 

79 

80 

Excellent 

-- 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

12 

14 

24 

10 

Poor 

15 

24 

35 

20 

Fair 

23 

23 

30 

32 

Good 

46 

37 

10 

33 

Excellent 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

11 

Fair 

13 

13 

27 

16 

Good 

86 

87 

61 

77 

Excellent 

-- 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

18 

17 

NA 

Poor 

40 

41 

NA 

Fair 

29 

38 

54 

NA 

Good 

11 

30 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

15 

24 

30 

15 

Good 

73 

71 

62 

77 

Excellent 

12 

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