For the week ending May 22, alfalfa conditions were mostly good to fair, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, New Mexico Field Office, on May 23. Cotton was 87 percent planted. Sorghum was 21 percent planted. Winter wheat was mostly very poor; with 100 percent of the total wheat headed. Chile was mostly fair. Onion conditions were mostly good. Pecan conditions were mostly fair. Cattle conditions were mostly fair to poor. Sheep conditions were mostly fair to very poor. Range and pasture conditions were mostly poor to very poor. Days suitable for fieldwork were 6.8. Topsoil moisture was 67 percent very short, 27 percent short and 6 percent adequate. Wind damage was 16 percent light, 12 percent moderate and 8 percent severe. Freeze damage was 2 percent light.
Santa Fe: Winds throughout the course of the week, with light rain showers and snow showers at higher elevations. De Baca: County is in a severe drought. Guadalupe: County is experiencing severe drought. Grant: Under extreme drought conditions. Fire has burned 80,000 to 90,000 acres. Luna/Grant: We are in a D3-D4 Drought situation. If we do not get more moisture, ranchers could be forced to sell off cattle to maintain a smaller number. Supplemental feeding is taking place, and hauling water is the next step. Eddy: No precipitation since September 2011. Winds and dry conditions continue to be a factor for Eddy County. It has been 215 days since last meaningful precipitation. Range feed condition is very poor; Range ecological conditions are unchanged at good. Lots of fires small to large. Drought condition are severe, many have filed for permit to deepen wells.
State finally received some much needed precipitation in the form of rain and snow in portions of the north and west. The northwest saw average temperatures in the low to mid 50's. The mountain areas had average temperatures in the 40's. The southwest saw average temperatures in the mid 60's. The northeast had temperatures in the mid 50's to low 60's.
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