Irrigated wheat rated in good condition New Mexico
There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 27, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, New Mexico Field Office, April 28.
Topsoil moisture was 45 percent very short, 19 percent short and 36 percent adequate. Subsoil moisture 40 percent very short, 19 percent short and 41 percent adequate. Wind damage was 12 percent light, 32 percent moderate and 8 percent severe. Freeze damage was reported at 15 percent light, 7 percent moderate and 18 percent severe.
In Rio Arriba County, high winds brought temperatures down. High elevations received snow. Some cattle will be going out to pasture on USFS allotments on May 1. In Taos, last week’s rain showers have slightly improved pasture to green grass and a little growth. This week has been cold and windy with some chance of rain showers at the end of the week. Farm activities are cleaning out irrigation ditches and starting of first irrigation for the crop year. In Curry County, some rainfall in the areas last week in varying amounts but no significant improvement in dryland wheat or pastures and wind quickly eliminated any trace. Irrigated wheat continues to show good condition with rapid growth. Areas of dry land are still being grazed but small chance of harvest for grain. Pastures still showing some green but in need of moisture soon. Livestock condition still very good for this time of year. In Luna County some hail damage was reported in the southern part of the county on April 19. In Chaves County high winds were recorded April 26 and 27.
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