Dry beans begin to bloom
Even with limited precipitation during the week ending June 28, there are still great irrigation water supplies, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Wyoming Field Office, June 29.
Some hay crop appeared to be short due to the long spell of cool temperatures. Winter wheat looked good except for the areas that received hail. Localized area reported a grasshopper infestation and weevils in the alfalfa hay, mostly coming from the north half of the county.
High temperatures ranged from high 70s to high 90s. Low temperatures ranged from low 30s to high 40s. Topsoil moisture levels rated adequate or better were reported at 92 percent, 2 points below the previous week.
Six days were suitable for field work last week.
Eighty-one percent of barley has jointed, 55 percent in the boot stage and 28 percent headed, 7 points above last year but 21 points below the average. Oats were near the end of emergence at 97 percent. Sixty-eight percent of oats were jointed, 42 percent in the boot stage and 21 percent headed; 2 points below 2008 and 10 points below the average.
Ninety-six percent of the winter wheat was in the boot, 89 percent headed and 21 percent turning color, 10 points below the previous year and 26 points below the 5-year average.
Seventy-eight percent of the dry beans were emerged and 3 percent were in bloom, 2 points below the average. Corn was near the end of emergence at 98 percent, 6 points above 2008 but unchanged from average. The average height of corn was 14 inches, up 5 inches from the previous week. The emergence of sugarbeets was almost complete at 98 percent, 2 points below the previous year as well as the average.
Thirty-four percent of alfalfa hay has been cut for the first time, 5 points above 2008 but 14 points below the average. Only a tenth of other hay has been harvested, unchanged from the previous year but 3 points below the 5-year average. Irrigation water supplies were reported at 99 percent adequate or better, 3 points above last year.
Ninety-seven percent of range flock ewes have lambed, 2 points below the average. Lamb losses were observed at 26 percent light, 70 percent normal and 4 percent heavy, unchanged from last week. All livestock conditions were rated 92 percent good or better. Range and pasture conditions were at 81 percent good or better, up 1 point from last week and up 35 points from the 5-year average.