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Ag stats: Wyoming crop progress and condition report – week ending September 11, 2022

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Precipitation varied across the Wyoming for the week ending September 11, 2022, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Zero to trace amounts of moisture were received in the majority of the southwest, while portions of the northeast received upwards of two inches of rain. The greatest amounts fell in central Sheridan and Campbell Counties, as well as in western portions of Crook and Weston Counties.

Temperatures once again ran above normal. The western part of the State saw temperatures as much as 4 to 10 degrees above average. Temperatures were highest in far southwestern Wyoming. Temperatures were less severe in the majority of eastern Wyoming, running from near normal to about 4 degrees above average. It was slightly warmer in eastern portions of some counties bordering Nebraska and South Dakota.

According to the US Drought Monitor for September 8, 2022, minor changes were seen in moderate drought and abnormally dry conditions. For the fourth week in a row, the amount of land rated drought free was unchanged at 9.9 percent. Abnormally dry conditions fell by 3.6 points to 31.0 percent from the previous week, while moderate drought increased by the same amount to 37.9 percent from the previous week. Severe and extreme drought conditions once again held steady at 19.6 and 1.6 percent, respectively.

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MAP Wyoming Drought Conditions - September 6, 2022 - National Drought Mitigation Center

Wyoming Drought Conditions - September 6, 2022 - National Drought Mitigation Center

Fall arrived in Lincoln County last week with frost some mornings. The frost affected some alfalfa fields and blackened many gardens. Vegetative growth was diminishing. Some producers ceased irrigating fields due to the lower temperatures.

Irrigation water supplies across the State were rated 20 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 23 percent fair, and 46 percent good, compared to 17 percent very poor, 20 percent poor, 17 percent fair, and 46 percent good last week.

Stock water supplies across Wyoming were rated 12 percent very short, 31 percent short, and 57 percent adequate, compared to 11 percent very short, 39 percent short, and 50 percent adequate last week.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Alfalfa hay 

    

3rd cutting harvested 

23 

20 

50 

44 

Barley 

    

Harvested 

94 

93 

97 

93 

Corn 

    

Doughed 

91 

87 

NA 

NA 

Dented 

57 

28 

50 

44 

Mature 

NA 

13 

10 

Harvested for silage 

21 

27 

24 

Dry edible beans 

    

Turning color 

73 

44 

92 

91 

Cut 

25 

14 

40 

40 

Harvested 

NA 

20 

15 

Winter wheat 

    

Planted 

56 

31 

24 

28 

Emerged 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork

6.5 

6.6 

6.8 

6.1 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

48 

39 

32 

27 

Short 

30 

36 

47 

38 

Adequate 

22 

25 

21 

35 

Surplus 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

    

Very short 

48 

39 

43 

32 

Short 

34 

39 

38 

35 

Adequate 

18 

22 

19 

33 

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 

-- 

-- 

12 

Poor 

-- 

11 

Fair 

25 

31 

25 

17 

Good 

74 

67 

48 

64 

Excellent 

Corn 

    

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

10 

16 

Good 

83 

84 

88 

80 

Excellent 

Dry edible beans 

    

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

20 

24 

20 

14 

Good 

78 

74 

80 

82 

Excellent 

-- 

Pasture and range 

    

Very poor 

24 

15 

31 

18 

Poor 

18 

20 

39 

26 

Fair 

30 

34 

26 

32 

Good 

27 

30 

21 

Excellent 

-- 

Sugarbeets 

    

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

14 

13 

27 

18 

Good 

85 

86 

62 

75 

Excellent 

-- 

Livestock 

    

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

12 

12 

37 

19 

Good 

79 

79 

57 

76 

Excellent