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Some counties reporting seriously dry conditions


During the month of February 2013, cooler temperatures were recorded across the state, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Wyoming Field Office, Feb. 25.

February's high temperatures ranged from 28 degrees in Jackson Hole to 60 degrees in Torrington. Low temperatures ranged from 15 degrees below zero in Shirley Basin to 11 degrees in Rawlins, Lander, Riverton, and Rock Springs. Snotel snowpack was reported at 84 percent compared to 116 percent this time last year.

Weston County reported seriously dry conditions. The lack of snowpack has producers concerned about grazing conditions for the coming season. Lincoln County reported snowpack below normal but in the 80 percent range. Some storms have helped, although none have been significant. Livestock producers are feeding hay. Albany County reported continued dry and windy conditions. Calving and lambing are getting started. The lack of snowfall causes concern for spring irrigation and grazing prospects. In Sweetwater County, range conditions are reported to be the worst most producers have seen. With little snow, water for the coming months is a concern for farmers and ranchers. Converse County reported snowpack in Laramie around 50 percent of normal. Irrigation prospects are a concern. Farm activities included tending to livestock, calving, and lambing.

Topsoil moisture showed an improvement from last month at 47 percent short to very short and 53 percent adequate to surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 75 percent short to very short and 25 percent adequate, also an improvement. Average depth of snow cover was 2.8 inches, up 0.50 from January. Winter wheat condition was reported at 35 percent poor, 41 percent fair and 24 percent good. Wind damage to winter wheat was reported at 64 percent light and 10 percent moderate; freeze damage was reported at 8 percent light and 2 percent moderate.

Spring calving was reported 10 percent complete; calf losses were reported at 50 percent light and 50 percent normal. Cattle condition was reported at 5 percent poor, 43 percent fair, and 52 percent good to excellent. Spring lambing was reported 10 percent complete; sheep shorn was 13 percent complete. Lamb losses were reported at 45 percent light, 49 percent normal, and 6 percent heavy. Sheep condition was reported 7 percent poor to very poor, 45 percent fair and 48 percent good. Spring grazing prospects were reported at 60 percent poor to very poor, 37 percent fair and 3 percent good. Stock water supplies were reported at 53 percent short to very short, and 47 percent adequate. Hay and roughage supplies were reported at 42 percent short to very short and 58 percent adequate.

Date: 3/11/2013

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