During the week ending Aug. 17, there were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, New Mexico Field Office, Aug. 18.
Topsoil moisture was 33 percent very short, 27 percent short, 38 percent adequate and 2 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture 35 percent very short, 28 percent short, 36 percent adequate and 1 percent surplus.
In Rio Arriba County, timothy hay cutting will be taking place this week on the northern edge of the county. In Colfax County, good rainfall has been received in the county over the last several weeks improving grassland conditions. In Curry County, the corn is still in good condition along with grain sorghum. Few areas need moisture to continue the good growth pattern. Some hay grazer being put up for ensilage and corn harvest for ensilage should begin soon. At today’s corn prices most will be harvested as ensilage. Livestock and pasture conditions still good to very good though some areas do need another round of moisture. In Quay County most crops are in good to excellent condition. Native pastures are needing rain in some areas. In Luna County, although several scattered showers have been received, there is still some pastures that have not received enough moisture to start greening up. Where there has been more moisture, we still need more in order to supply an adequate feed source through the winter. In Dona Ana County, rains have improved range conditions. In Otero County, scattered showers this week. Much of the country is improving. Mountain country has greened up considerably with native range grasses making significant progress and producing seed heads. Producers say about a week left in grass growth and temperatures will begin to drop. Lower country is still producing grass, with much green up of native pastures.
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