Warmer, drier weather recorded
Warmer temperatures with little precipitation was seen during the week ending June 9, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Wyoming Field Office, June 10.
Temperatures varied across the state, with 6 degrees below normal at Old Fort Laramie and 9 degrees above normal in Buford. Twenty-five out of the 33 reporting stations reported some precipitation, although minimal. Lincoln County reported unusually hot weather for the month of June, with a need for rain.
Uinta County reported livestock being moved to summer pastures is limited due to poor range conditions from the drought and little precipitation thus far. Hot, dry winds continue and are impacting the forage crops and grazing. Moisture is really needed. Carbon County reported hot, windy days are reducing the topsoil moisture in non-irrigated areas. Many producers are hauling water to livestock. Some producers may have to graze hay meadows rather than harvest. Converse County reported summer conditions are quickly approaching.
Weather conditions allowed for 7 days of field work. All crops are lagging behind previous year’s progress. Alfalfa harvesting is just beginning at 3 percent complete. Other hay harvesting has not yet begun. Irrigation water supplies were rated 34 percent short to very short, 65 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus.
Range flock sheep shearing is wrapping up at 93 percent complete, lambing is 79 percent complete. Lamb losses were reported 40 percent light, 59 percent normal and 1 percent heavy. Cattle condition was reported at 2 percent poor, 24 percent fair and 74 percent good to excellent. Calves condition was reported at 23 percent fair and 77 percent good to excellent. Sheep condition was reported 3 percent poor, 23 percent fair and 74 percent good to excellent. Lamb condition was reported 1 percent poor, 30 percent fair and 69 percent good to excellent. Seventy-seven percent of cattle have been moved to summer pastures, 67 percent of sheep have been moved. Range and pasture condition was reported at 35 percent poor to very poor, 34 percent fair and 31 percent good to excellent.
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