Ag stats: Wyoming crop progress and condition report – week ending September 4, 2022

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Published Thursday, September 8, 2022

Wyoming experienced another week of extreme dryness, as precipitation was at or near zero for most of the State for the week ending September 4, 2022, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Only isolated portions of Platte, Goshen, and south-eastern Niobrara Counties received rain. Moisture totals in these areas ranged from trace amounts to about 0.13 inches at the most.

According to the US Drought Monitor for September 1, 2022, there was no change in drought conditions from the previous week. The amount of land that was drought free held steady at 9.9 percent. The amount of land rated abnormally dry sat still at 34.6 percent. Moderate drought remained the same at 34.3 percent. For the third week in a row, severe and extreme drought conditions were unchanged at 19.6 and 1.6 percent, respectively.

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MAP Wyoming Drought Conditions - August 30, 2022 - National Drought Mitigation Center
Wyoming Drought Conditions - August 30, 2022 - National Drought Mitigation Center

There were no apparent forecasts for precipitation in Lincoln County. The hot and dry days were ongoing though nights remained cool.

Lows at night were seen in the low 40s and high 30s. Hot weather and dryness covered Platte County combined with record high temperatures most days. Non-irrigated fields were clearly in very poor condition. Pastures also suffered immensely.

Irrigation water supplies across the State were rated 17 percent very poor, 20 percent poor, 17 percent fair, and 46 percent good, compared to 14 percent very poor, 29 percent poor, 16 percent fair, and 41 percent good last week.

Stock water supplies across Wyoming were rated 11 percent very short, 39 percent short, and 50 percent adequate, compared to 7 percent very short, 48 percent short, and 45 percent adequate 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 

71 

60 

NA 

NA 

3rd cutting harvested 

20 

18 

34 

28 

Barley 

       

Harvested 

93 

80 

91 

87 

Corn 

       

Doughed 

87 

81 

95 

NA 

Dented 

28 

29 

27 

Harvested for silage 

-- 

Dry edible beans 

       

Setting pods 

98 

93 

NA 

NA 

Turning color 

44 

15 

66 

68 

Cut 

14 

-- 

31 

25 

Winter wheat 

       

Harvested 

98 

92 

NA 

NA 

Planted 

31 

11 

10 

11 

Emerged 

NA 

NA 

NA 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork

6.6 

6.5 

6.8 

6.8 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

39 

36 

30 

29 

Short. 

36 

45 

40 

38 

Adequate 

25 

19 

30 

33 

Surplus 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

39 

39 

38 

31 

Short. 

39 

48 

34 

36 

Adequate 

22 

13 

28 

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 

-- 

-- 

17 

Poor 

-- 

14 

10 

Fair. 

31 

40 

18 

16 

Good 

67 

59 

46 

62 

Excellent 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair. 

15 

15 

Good 

84 

84 

88 

80 

Excellent 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Fair. 

24 

33 

18 

16 

Good 

74 

66 

79 

80 

Excellent 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

15 

16 

33 

20 

Poor 

20 

20 

32 

22 

Fair. 

34 

35 

21 

31 

Good 

30 

28 

13 

24 

Excellent 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair. 

13 

26 

15 

Good 

86 

91 

62 

76 

Excellent 

-- 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair. 

12 

13 

40 

21 

Good 

79 

82 

51 

74 

Excellent 

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