Producers waiting on weather
More sunshine needed for crop growth during the week ending June 21, while barley, oats, winter wheat and dry beans began the headed stage, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Wyoming Field Office, June 22.
Localized areas received some moisture last week. Producers were waiting for warmer temperatures and more sunshine to aid the crop progress. Range and pasture looked very good. The reservoirs were full or near full. High temperatures ranged from high 60s to high 80s. Low temperatures ranged from mid 30s to low 50s. Topsoil moisture levels rated adequate or better were reported at 94 percent, unchanged from the previous week.
Subsoil moisture levels rated adequate were reported at 85 percent.
Total number of days suitable for field work was 5.2. Sixty-five percent of barley has jointed, 31 percent in the boot stage and 12 percent headed, 2 points below last year and 25 points below the average. The planting of oats was almost finished at 99 percent. Nine-tenths of oats were emerged, 50 percent were jointed, 27 percent in the boot stage and 12 percent headed; 3 points below 2008 and 7 points below the average.
Seventy-seven percent of spring wheat was planted, 71 percent emerged, 37 percent jointed, one-fifth in the boot and 10 percent headed; 5 points above last year but 11 points below the average. Ninety-three percent of the winter wheat was in the boot and 86 percent headed and 11 percent turning color, 11 points above the previous year and 3 points above the 5-year average.
Ninety-five percent of the dry beans were planted with 55 percent emerged, 3 points below 2008 and 21 points below the average. Ninety-four percent of corn has emerged, 6 points above 2008 but 1 point below the average. The average height of corn was 9 inches, up 3 inches from the previous week. Ninety-four percent of sugarbeets have emerged, 5 points below the previous year as well as the average.
Only 15 percent of alfalfa hay has been cut for the first time, unchanged from 2008 but 18 points below the average. Only 3 percent of other hay has been harvested, 3 points below the 5-year average.
Ninety-two percent of range flock ewes have lambed, 5 points below the average. Lamb losses were observed at 26 percent light, 70 percent normal and 4 percent heavy, unchanged from last week. Range and pasture conditions were at 80 percent good or better, down 4 points from last week and up 34 points from the 5-year average. Stock water supplies were reported at 97 percent adequate or better.