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Corn beginning to tassel


Livestock were looking good during the week ending July 12, and are seeing great stock water supplies, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Wyoming Field Office, July 13.

Crops were catching up after the cool month of June. Livestock was looking well. One county had crop damage due to a thunderstorm. Snow was still visible in high mountains. Warm afternoon winds were drying ground out some. High temperatures ranged from low 80s to high 90s. Low temperatures ranged from low 30s to low 50s. Topsoil moisture was at 88 percent adequate or better, up 29 points from last year and up 47 points from the average.

Temperatures during the week ending July 12 averaged at or above normal at 11 of the reporting stations.

Average temperatures ranged from 4 degrees below normal at Dubois to 8 degrees above normal at Buford. The high temperature was 97 at Worland, while the low was 32 degrees at Jackson Hole. Twenty-five of the 33 reporting stations received below normal weekly precipitation and ten received below normal cumulative precipitation. The largest precipitation for the week was 2.00 inches reported at Torrington, which was 1.58 inches above normal precipitation.

There were 6.1 days suitable for field work last week. Ninety-five percent of barley has jointed, 85 percent in the boot stage and 65 percent headed, 19 percent turning color, 10 points above last year but 15 points below the average. Oats were 84 percent jointed, 68 percent in the boot stage and 43 percent headed, 11 percent turning color; 7 points below 2008 and 11 points below the average. Ninety-five percent of the winter wheat was headed, 81 percent turning color, 13 percent mature; 1 point above the previous year but 37 points below the 5-year average. Ninety-seven percent of the dry beans were emerged and 22 percent were in bloom, 2 percent setting pods; 9 points below last year and 5 points below the average.

Corn has started to tassel at 13 percent, 8 points up from last year and 10 points up from the average. The average height of corn was 22 inches, up 3 inches from the previous week.

Seventy-one percent of alfalfa hay has been cut for the first time, unchanged from 2008 but 9 points below the average. One percent has been cut of the second cutting, down 4 points from last year and down 3 points from the average. Thirty-four percent of other hay has been harvested, 9 points above the previous year and 3 points above the 5-year average.

Range and pasture conditions were at 86 percent good or better, up 4 point from last week and up 45 points from the 5-year average.

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