New Mexico

There were 6.7 days suitable for field work says the New Mexico Agricultural Statistics Service April 17.

Topsoil moisture was 39% very short, 27% short and 34% adequate.

The main farm activities during the week were planting chile, cotton and corn. Planting of oats and potatoes were evident in the northwest part of the state. Land preparation for spring planting continued where actual planting had not begun.

Some crop damage was reported due to rabbits and quail caused by the lack of vegetation in non-irrigated areas.

Onions remained in mostly good to excellent condition.

Chile was 84% planted and was in fair to excellent condition.

Irrigated wheat was in fair to good condition. Dryland crop was mostly poor to fair.

Supplemental feeding of cattle continued. Cattle remained in fair to good condition.

Sheep were rated poor to good.

Pasture and range feed conditions were 16% very poor, 25% poor, 42% fair and 17% good.

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