Ag stats: Wyoming crop progress and condition report – week ending September 12, 2021

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Published Saturday, September 18, 2021

Wyoming experienced an exceptionally dry week with above average temperatures, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Most of the State received trace amounts of moisture, with total rainfall measured at 0.01 inches for the week in most places. The exceptions were counties along the western border, which received 0.1 inches of moisture. Goshen county had no reports of rain showers this week and Lincoln County reported persisting dry conditions.

Average daily temperatures ranged 2 to 8 degrees above average this week for the State. Average high temperatures were 6 to 12 degrees above average for this time of the year. According to the United States Drought Monitor for September 9, 2021, 99.8 percent of the State continues to experience drought conditions. The amount of land rated as abnormally dry was 3.8 percent, unchanged from last week. Moderate drought was present across 33.1 percent of the State, a decrease from 35.5 percent last week. Severe drought covered 36.0 percent of the State, roughly a 7.0 percent increase from 33.6 percent last week. Extreme drought conditions remained at 26.9 percent of the State. 

Weston County producers continue to sell down livestock herds. Comments from Weston County indicated there has been little change in conditions and pastures remain depleted. Winter wheat planting continued this week - planting was reported at 26 percent complete, compared to 28 percent complete this time last year. Corn was reported at 14 percent mature this week, compared to 21 percent mature this time last year.

Harvest of multiple crops is well underway. Harvest of the third cutting of alfalfa hay is slightly ahead of last year. Harvest was reported 53 percent complete this week, compared to 45 percent complete this time last year.

Corn harvested for silage and dry edible bean harvest continues slightly ahead of last year as well. Corn harvested for silage was reported at 30 percent complete this week, compared to 23 percent this time last year and dry edible bean harvest was reported at 22 percent complete, compared to 20 percent this time last year.

Sugarbeet harvest is progressing approximately two and a half weeks ahead of last year, with harvest reported at 16 percent complete this week.

Stock water supplies across Wyoming were rated 33 percent very short, 50 percent short, and 17 percent adequate, compared to 33 percent very short, 41 percent short, 25 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus last week.

Irrigation water supplies were rated 32 percent very poor, 31 percent poor, 13 percent fair, and 24 percent good.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Alfalfa 

       

3rd cutting harvested 

53 

35 

45 

45 

Barley 

       

Harvested 

98 

93 

94 

94 

Corn 

       

Dented 

53 

30 

48 

44 

Mature 

14 

21 

10 

Harvested for silage 

30 

11 

23 

26 

Dry edible beans 

       

Turning color 

96 

68 

94 

92 

Cut 

41 

33 

46 

40 

Harvested 

22 

20 

14 

Sugarbeets 

       

Harvested 

16 

NA 

NA 

Winter Wheat 

       

Planted 

26 

10 

28 

34 

Emerged 

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DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.8 

6.8 

4.7 

6.0 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

32 

30 

45 

25 

Short 

47 

40 

27 

34 

Adequate 

21 

30 

28 

39 

Surplus 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

43 

38 

58 

27 

Short 

38 

34 

27 

34 

Adequate 

19 

28 

15 

38 

Surplus 

-- 

-- 

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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 

17 

-- 

NA 

Poor 

11 

14 

22 

NA 

Fair 

25 

18 

21 

NA 

Good 

48 

46 

57 

NA 

Excellent 

-- 

NA 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

30 

18 

Good 

88 

88 

62 

78 

Excellent 

-- 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

20 

18 

13 

12 

Good 

80 

79 

86 

83 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

31 

33 

42 

14 

Poor 

39 

32 

36 

22 

Fair 

26 

21 

19 

33 

Good 

13 

27 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

27 

26 

10 

15 

Good 

62 

62 

90 

81 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

37 

40 

28 

15 

Good 

57 

51 

71 

78 

Excellent 

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