April snow helping spring grazing wyoming
Weather conditions allowed for 1.1 days suitable for field work during the week ending April 21, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Wyoming Field Office, April 22.
Farm activities included tending to livestock, calving, and lambing. Johnson County reported receiving good amounts of snow which will help improve spring grazing prospects and irrigation supplies. Lincoln County received a lot of moisture during April; snow amounts are above average for this time of year and a tremendous change from March. Fields are too wet for field work throughout most of the county. Uinta County reported a snowstorm last week that added to mountain snow pack. Valley floors had light coverings of snow. Producers are running low on hay supplies and are purchasing hay. Cold temperatures affected calving and lambing. Converse County reported that April snowstorms will be very beneficial for spring grazing.
Below normal temperatures across the state with some precipitation. Snotel snow water equivalent is reported at 100 percent, thanks to recent storms, up from 66 percent this week last year. High temperatures ranged from 41 degrees at Lake Yellowstone to 59 degrees in Greybull and Riverton. Low temperatures ranged from 10 degrees below zero at Lake Yellowstone to 18 degrees in Worland. All stations reported some precipitation, 5 stations reported more than an inch. Buford reported the most precipitation at 1.21 inches, followed by Cheyenne at 1.2, Chugwater at 1.17, Lance Creek at 1.15 and Fort Laramie at 1.01.
Topsoil moisture improved again this week to 29 percent short to very short, 71 percent adequate to surplus. Planting was again limited, due to wet fields. Barley planted increased to 68 percent, and barley emerged was reported at 11 percent. Oats, spring wheat and sugarbeets are behind previous year’s averages. Oats were reported at 15 percent planted and 8 percent emerged. Spring wheat was reported at 3 percent planted and 2 percent emerged. Five percent of the sugarbeets are reported as planted. Winter wheat condition improved to 23 percent poor to very poor, 39 percent fair and 38 percent good.
Calf and lamb losses were up from the previous week, due to the weather. Calf losses were reported at 53 percent light, 46 percent normal and 1 percent heavy. Lamb losses were reported at 37 percent light, 60 percent normal and 3 percent heavy. Livestock condition was reported at 6 percent poor to very poor, 24 percent fair and 70 percent good to excellent. Range and pasture condition improved to 61 percent poor to very poor, 27 percent fair and 12 percent good. Spring grazing conditions also improved to 39 percent poor to very poor, 41 percent fair and 20 percent good. Stock water supplies were reported at 40 percent short to very short, and 60 percent adequate. Hay and roughage supplies were reported at 35 percent short to very short and 65 percent adequate.
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