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Dry conditions and above normal temperatures covered the state during the week ending July 21, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Wyoming Field Office, July 22.

High temperatures ranged from 80 degrees at Lake Yellowstone to 99 at Greybull. Low temperatures ranged from 38 degrees at Lake Yellowstone to 60 degrees at Buffalo. Of the 33 reporting stations, 21 received some precipitation.

Weather conditions allowed for 6.7 days of field work. Lincoln County reported they almost got a frost. The county experienced hot days and cool nights with very dry conditions and some thunderstorms. Albany County reported the week was cooler with some scattered thunderstorms. Haying has started but yields are spotty. The cooler weather has helped keep water flowing in the streams but stock water will be a big problem as the summer progresses. Carbon County reported hay harvested nearly one month early because of lack of irrigation water. Uinta County reported low reservoirs. Little rainfall has occurred and hay harvest has begun with poor yields. Rangeland is extremely dry and water is being hauled to livestock.

Topsoil moisture was down from last week with 62 percent short to very short and 38 percent adequate. Barley is progressing as 33 percent is turning color, behind last year and the average. Alfalfa first cutting is 93 percent complete and other hay harvesting is 44 percent complete. Irrigation water supplies were rated at 48 percent poor to very poor and 52 percent adequate.

Range and pasture condition was rated 41 percent poor to very poor, 32 percent fair and 27 percent excellent. Livestock condition was rated 7 percent poor to very poor, 18 percent fair, and 75 percent good to excellent.

Date: 7/29/2013



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