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Below normal temps across state

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During the week ending April 28, below normal temperatures were recorded across most of the state with some precipitation, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Wyoming Field Office, April 29.

Snotel snowpack equivalent is reported at 98 percent, up from 53 percent this week last year. High temperatures ranged from 55 degrees at Lake Yellowstone to 78 degrees in Torrington. Low temperatures ranged from 9 degrees below zero at Lake Yellowstone to 18 degrees in Evanston. All but four stations reported precipitation. Four stations reported more than half an inch. Sheridan reported the most precipitation at 0.96 inches, followed by Big Horn at 0.87, Newcastle at 0.73, and Worland at 0.56.

Weather conditions allowed for 4.6 days suitable for field work. Farm activities included tending to livestock, calving, lambing, and planting. Uinta County reported warmer weather this past week and grass is beginning to emerge. Lincoln County reported that last week had some good days, spring is finally here. It needs to rain periodically through May to keep the rangeland vegetation coming. Farmers are starting to work in the fields. Converse County reported good April moisture and average May moisture would be beneficial. Albany County reports that they did not get a lot of snow from the last storm but the mountains got a good amount. Albany County will need more moisture. Snow melt in the mountains has not started yet.

Topsoil moisture decreased slightly from last week as 30 percent was reported short to very short and 70 percent adequate to surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated as 58 percent short to very short and 42 percent adequate. Planting progressed due to better weather but remained behind normal for all crops except barley dry beans and corn. Barley planted increased to 77 percent, and barley emerged was reported at 34 percent. Oats were reported at 25 percent planted and 12 percent emerged. Spring wheat was reported at 14 percent planted and 3 percent emerged. Corn was 7 percent planted while dry beans and sugarbeets were 3 and 6 percent respectively. Winter wheat condition was unchanged at 23 percent poor to very poor, 39 percent fair and 38 percent good. Irrigation water supplies were reported as 36 percent short to very short, 63 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus.

Spring calves born rose to 81 percent, up from 72 percent last week. Calf losses were reported at 51 percent light, 47 percent normal and 2 percent heavy. Farm flock ewes shorn was at 80 percent and farm flock lambed was at 79 percent. Range flock ewes shorn were at 53 percent while lambing was at 34 percent. Lamb losses were reported at 36 percent light, 61 percent normal and 3 percent heavy.

Range and pasture condition improved slightly to 59 percent poor to very poor, 28 percent fair and 13 percent good. Spring grazing conditions also improved to 36 percent poor to very poor, 44 percent fair and 20 percent good. Hay and roughage supplies were reported at 45 percent short to very short and 55 percent adequate.

Date: 5/6/2013



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