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Crop progress behind normal


Warmer temperatures during the week ending April 19 helped the snow pack melt, which contributed to livestock water, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Wyoming Field Office, April 20.

A lot of run off was expected this spring. Precipitation in some areas has helped the wheat crop. High temperatures ranged from low 50s to low 70s. Low temperatures ranged from 18 above to 31 above. Topsoil moisture levels rated adequate or better were reported at 93 percent, 6 points up from the previous week, 31 points up from previous year and 40 points up from the average.

Total number of days suitable for field work was 1.8. Barley was reported at 57 percent planted and 7 percent emerged, unchanged from last year but 14 points below the average. Oats came in at 24 percent planted and 6 percent emerged, 4 points above 2008 and unchanged from the 5-year average. Seventeen percent of spring wheat was planted with 6 percent emerged, 6 points above the previous year and 2 points above the average. The progress of corn and sugarbeets was behind last year and the average. Winter wheat began the jointed stage at 5 percent, 4 points above the average. The condition of the winter wheat came in at 82 percent good or better. Irrigation water supplies were reported at 94 percent adequate or better.

Seventy-one percent of spring calves were born, 5 points up from last week. Seventy-four percent of farm flock ewes had lambed, 1 point above the previous year but 6 points below the average. Farm flock sheep shorn was reported at 72 percent, 8 points below the 5-year average. Lambing among range flock ewes was reported at 27 percent, up 7 points from last year. Range flock sheep shorn was set at 48 percent, up 8 points from the previous year but only up one point from the average. The calf losses came in at 25 percent light, 67 percent normal and 8 percent heavy. Lamb losses were observed at 26 percent light, 68 percent normal and 6 percent heavy. Range and pasture condition were at 52 percent good or better, up 6 points from last week and up 16 points from the previous year.

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