During the week ending July 21, there were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, New Mexico Field Office, July 22.
Wind damage was 18 percent light and 7 percent moderate; with cotton 39 percent damaged and sorghum 34 percent damaged. Hail damage 11 percent light; crops damaged by hail were corn with 8 percent damaged, cotton 9 percent damaged, chile 8 percent damaged and alfalfa 33 percent damaged.
In Curry County, rains fell this past week over most of the area from adequate amounts to just light showers. Some areas received sufficient amounts to limit sales of livestock which give producers hope for pasture conditions to improve substantially. No reported damage to alfalfa fields though some cutting may have been delayed. Dry land milo and hay grazer fields are improved. In De Baca County, scattered showers throughout the county this summer, rangeland in areas getting rain has started to green up, but will need additional rains to bounce back to “normal.” In Guadalupe County, rangelands have started to green up and improve with this summer’s rains. Croplands in the county have plenty of irrigation in the Acequias to date. In Grant County, spotty rains are beginning to show some improvements. Just need more rain. In Luna County, some light rain has fallen in the last week. More rain is needed on rangeland. Workdays were reduced to 6 due to rain. In Lea County, there were good rains the previous week. Not the entire county got soaked but good to adequate rainfall throughout. In Rio Arriba and Taos counties, there were some heavy down pours this past week. Earth tanks are filling up and ranges are starting to show much needed improvement. Some hail damage to small gardens happened along the Rio Chama. In Santa Fe County, isolated rain showers continue to be received in various regions of the county. In Torrance county, the eastern half of the county looks good. Cattle conditions are improving and range land looks very good. The rest of the county remains very dry and remains in poor condition.
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