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Below normal temps cover state wyoming


Below normal temperatures covered the state for the month of February, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Wyoming Field Office, March 3. According to Natural Resources Conservation Service’s March 3 morning snow report, the snow water equivalent is at 136 percent compared to 85 percent last year.

February’s high temperatures ranged from 41 degrees at Jackson Hole to 67 degrees in Torrington. Low temperatures ranged from negative 36 degrees in Lake Yellowstone to negative 3 degrees in Evanston. Lake Yellowstone received the most precipitation for the month at 2.97 inches followed by Afton at 2.40 inches.

Supplemental feeding is in full swing. Johnson County reported livestock holding up despite cold conditions and no deep snow. Teton County reported 100 inches of heavy snowfall in the mountains. Converse County reported some brutal conditions for early calvers in February. The Laramie Mountain Range has an average snow pack. Niobrara County reported cold, windy and snowy for the month of February.

Sixty-two percent of the winter wheat crop has light wind damage and 3 percent has moderate wind damage. Only 17 percent of the crop has light freeze damage. The average depth of snow cover was reported at 3.7 inches.

Spring calving was reported at 13 percent complete. Farm flock ewes lambed was reported at 15 percent, farm flock sheep shorn was reported at 18 percent. Calf losses were reported as 50 percent light and 50 percent normal, and lamb losses were reported as 37 percent light and 63 percent normal.

Date: 3/10/2014



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