Temperatures were below normal and the entire state received precipitation last week, says the Wyoming Agricultural Statistics Service May 22.

Hail and flash flooding occurred in scattered areas.

As of May 21, 67% of the state had adequate topsoil moisture, compared with the five year average of 83%. Only half of the state had adequate subsoil moisture supplies, compared with the average of 88%.

An average of 4.7 days were suitable for fieldwork.

Seeding of small grains continued ahead of the average pace, with barely and spring wheat nearly complete.

Barely and oat emergence remained ahead of the average, but spring wheat was a little behind.

Winter wheat jointing was well ahead of average pace and 6% was entering boot stage. Conditions remained quite variable, with less than half of the winter wheat crop rated in good condition and about a fourth in poor or very poor condition.

Corn and sugar beet emergence was 27 points and 19 points ahead of the average paces. Hail in the Big Horn Basin damaged some beet fields and producers may have to replant.

Weather conditions slowed some fieldwork and producers were a little behind average pace in dry bean planting.

As of May 21, 78% of the range ewes had dropped lambs, compared with 66% last year and the average of 62%.

Pasture and range conditions held at about two-thirds good to excellent compared with the five year average of 78% good or excellent at this time of year. Stock water supplies were mostly adequate.

Temperatures through May 19 were below normal across the entire state. They ranged from 0 degrees below normal in Kaycee to seven degrees below normal in Douglas. Big Piney reported the low temperatures of 18 degrees. Torrington reported the high temperature of 83 degrees. Highs ranged from the upper 60s to low 80s. Lows ranged from the upper teens to low 30s.

Precipitation was received across the entire state and amounts were above normal, except for areas in the southwest and northeast. Chugwater received 3.12 inches of precipitation, while the rest of the state received from a trace to 2.20 inches. Most areas received one inch or more.

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