Ag stats: Wyoming crop progress and condition report – week ending September 18, 2022

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Published Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Western and central portions of Wyoming received beneficial rains for the week ending September 18, 2022, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

These sections of the State received moisture in a range of about 0.5 to 1.5 inches. The majority fell in northern Lincoln, western Sublette, southern Fremont, and western Natrona Counties. The remainder of Wyoming saw precipitation ranging from trace amounts to upwards of 0.5 inches, with portions of the east and northeast receiving the higher amounts of moisture.

Temperatures varied, running at or as much as 5 degrees above normal in much of the northern and eastern portions of the State. Western, central, and southern sections of Wyoming experienced at or slightly lower than average temperatures. Portions of the west saw averages in the upper 40s and 50s, while some areas of the north and east experienced averages in the upper 60s.

Drought conditions improved slightly. According to the US Drought Monitor for September 15, 2022, the amount of land rated drought free improved to 13.3 percent, an increase of 3.4 percentage points from 9.9 the previous week. The amount of land rated abnormally dry improved slightly to 32.6 percent, up from 31.0 percent the previous week. Moderate drought fell by 5.0 percentage points to 32.9 percent from the previous week. Severe and extreme drought conditions were unchanged at 19.6 and 1.6 percent, respectively.

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MAP Wyoming Drought Conditions - September 13, 2022 - National Drought Mitigation Center
Wyoming Drought Conditions - September 13, 2022 - National Drought Mitigation Center

In Goshen County, a fourth cutting of alfalfa was on the horizon. Beans were cut and drying down. Canals were shut down for the season.

Aftermath grazing improved substantially with the high levels of moisture that were received in Lincoln County. With the wet weather, haying and grain harvests slowed down. Temperatures were lower than or near freezing most nights.

A report from Platte County indicated pastures benefitted from the milder temperatures. More moisture, however, was still needed for pastures to improve. Irrigation water was turned off, so rains were a must for crops to finish successfully. Beans were cut and farmers made progress planting wheat.

Irrigation water supplies across the State were rated 23 percent very poor, 17 percent poor, 23 percent fair, and 37 percent good, compared to 20 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 23 percent fair, and 46 percent good last week.

Stock water supplies across Wyoming were rated 13 percent very short, 33 percent short, and 54 percent adequate, compared to 12 percent very short, 31 percent short, and 57 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 

38 

23 

57 

55 

Barley 

       

Harvested 

96 

94 

NA 

NA 

Corn 

       

Doughed 

95 

91 

NA 

NA 

Dented 

76 

57 

61 

60 

Mature 

18 

19 

21 

Harvested for silage 

50 

21 

46 

45 

Dry edible beans 

       

Turning color 

84 

73 

NA 

NA 

Cut 

54 

25 

45 

54 

Harvested 

29 

31 

Sugarbeets 

       

Harvested 

-- 

23 

NA 

Winter wheat 

       

Planted 

67 

56 

38 

47 

Emerged 

24 

22 

16 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork

6.2 

6.5 

6.8 

6.2 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

39 

48 

41 

26 

Short 

39 

30 

47 

39 

Adequate 

22 

22 

12 

34 

Surplus 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

40 

48 

52 

32 

Short 

43 

34 

36 

35 

Adequate 

17 

18 

12 

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 

-- 

-- 

20 

NA 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

16 

NA 

Fair 

23 

25 

17 

NA 

Good 

77 

74 

42 

NA 

Excellent 

-- 

NA 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

11 

10 

17 

Good 

86 

83 

87 

79 

Excellent 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

27 

20 

12 

13 

Good 

72 

78 

88 

82 

Excellent 

-- 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

20 

24 

39 

20 

Poor 

15 

18 

32 

24 

Fair 

27 

30 

24 

33 

Good 

36 

27 

22 

Excellent 

-- 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

22 

14 

25 

16 

Good 

77 

85 

71 

80 

Excellent 

-- 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

12 

37 

20 

Good 

75 

79 

55 

74 

Excellent 

17 

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