Mixed precip, above normal temps cover state wyoming
Mixed precipitation and above normal temperatures covered the state during the week ending July 7, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Wyoming Field Office, July 8.
High temperatures ranged from 85 degrees at Lake Yellowstone to 99 degrees at Greybull. Low temperatures ranged from 38 degrees at Lake Yellowstone to 59 degrees in Greybull. Thirteen locations reported above normal precipitation for the week.
Weather conditions allowed for 6.7 days of field work. Farm activities included baling hay and tending to livestock. Weston County reported with the warmer temperatures crops have really started to take off and grow. The pastures look good from a distance but when you step out into them the grasses are a little thinner than normal. Uinta County reported rangeland continues to dry out with little grass available. Stock pond water levels are dropping with the heat. Livestock are fairing as well as can be expected. Lincoln County reported getting some thunderstorms but need some moisture. Carbon County reported evening rain storms have helped provide moisture and “green” things up. It is probably too late to make much difference hay crop yields. Platte County reported recent hail destroyed several dry bean fields. No corn was destroyed but the damage set the crop development back which could have a negative impact with the inadequate supply of irrigation water. Converse County reported summer conditions persist. One local irrigation district is down to possibly the last week of water delivery
Topsoil moisture continues to decline at 48 percent short to very short and 52 percent adequate. Hay harvesting is behind last year; alfalfa hay harvest is 68 percent complete, and other hay harvest is 20 percent complete. Irrigation water supplies were rated 40 percent short to very short and 60 percent adequate.
Range and pasture condition was rated 39 percent poor to very poor, 31 percent fair, and 30 percent good to excellent. Cattle were rated 1 percent poor to very poor, 16 percent fair, and 83 percent good to excellent. Sheep were rated 3 percent poor to very poor, 11 percent fair, and 86 percent good to excellent.
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