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Dry conditions, warm temps prevail wyoming

Dry conditions and above normal temperatures covered the state during the week ending June 30, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Wyoming Field Office, July 1.

High temperatures ranged from 82 degrees at Lake Yellowstone to 98 degrees at Riverton and Douglas. Low temperatures ranged from 32 degrees at Lake Yellowstone to 56 degrees in Cheyenne. Casper was the only location reporting above normal precipitation for the week.

Weather conditions allowed for 7 days of field work. Farm activities included baling hay and tending to livestock. Lincoln County reported hot conditions, with irrigation water supplies short in the Cokeville area. Uinta County reported dry conditions with hot, dry winds and high temperatures. Irrigation waters are being regulated and reservoirs are not filled to capacity. Livestock are being sold due to range and pasture grazing conditions. The lack of precipitation is the general concern in Uinta County. Carbon County reported decreasing topsoil and subsoil moisture due to winds with heat and no moisture. Sweetwater County reported record high temperatures with winds. Rangelands are drying out quickly, hay crops are not recovering from late frosts and high temperatures. Irrigation water is becoming short. Converse County reported dry, summer conditions persist.

Topsoil moisture continues to decline at 50 percent short to very short and 50 percent adequate. Hay harvesting is behind last year; alfalfa hay harvest is 53 percent complete, and other hay harvest is 12 percent complete.

Range and pasture condition was rated 39 percent poor to very poor, 35 percent fair, and 26 percent good to excellent. Stock water supplies were rated 40 percent short to very short and 60 percent adequate.

Date: 7/15/2013



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