Cooler temps arrive
During the week ending Sept. 9, there were cooler temperatures across the state with little precipitation, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Wyoming Field Office, Sept. 10.
High temperatures ranged from 70 degrees at Lake Yellowstone to 96 degrees at Lance Creek. Low temperatures ranged from 24 degrees in Shirley basin to 47 degrees in Rock Springs.
Only four stations reported more than a tenth-inch of rain last week. There were 7 days suitable for field work; farm activities included harvesting barley, oats, corn for silage, alfalfa and other hay, and dry beans, planting wheat, and tending to livestock.
In Weston County, conditions reportedly continue to deteriorate. Producers are very concerned about the lack of available grazing, lack of available feed and the cost associated with that feed. Livestock water shortages are becoming more prevalent, with producers hauling water to assist with existing supplies that aren't able to keep up, or requesting assistance to drill new wells through Emergency Conservation Program funds.
Lincoln County farmers are harvesting their grain now. The weather is hot during the days and cold at night. They are experiencing frosts off and on in the morning, but have received no significant rain yet. Dry conditions continue in Uinta County. Irrigation water supplies are running out as are livestock water supplies. The three main river channels are very low. Fall grazing is being affected due to lack of irrigation water. Shipping of livestock is occurring earlier than normal. Livestock ponds, dams and pits are dried up for the most part. Providing adequate livestock water is becoming a serious concern at this time, as more livestock sales expected.
Wyoming farmers are busy harvesting grains, hay and planting wheat. Fifty-two percent of the winter wheat has been reported as planted, mostly in the Southeast part of the state. This is ahead of 26 percent last year and 42 percent for the 5-year average. The corn crop continued to progress as 90 percent is in the dough stage, 39 percent in the dent stage, and 4 percent is reported as mature. Irrigation water supplies continue to be a concern at 55 percent short to very short, and 45 percent adequate.
Range and pasture condition was rated 85 percent poor to very poor, 12percent fair, and 3 percent good. Cattle condition was rated 5 percent poor, 29 percent fair, and 66 percent good to excellent. Calves condition was rated 4 percent poor to very poor, 23 percent fair, and 73 percent good to excellent. Sheep condition was rated 2 percent poor, 26 percent fair, and 72 percent good to excellent. Lamb condition was rated 1 percent poor, 23 percent fair, and 76 percent good to excellent.