The same sweltering conditions as previous weeks continued throughout Wyoming, says the Wyoming Agricultural Statistics Service July 31.

Hot temperatures and only scattered precipitation further depleted soil moisture. Widely scattered showers were not enough to help water supplies.

Only 10% of the state had adequate topsoil moisture as of July 30, 2 points lower than last week.

Rangeland fires were reported in many areas.

Poor grass conditions were forcing producers to start feeding hay.

One-third of the state was very short of stock water supplies necessitating the hauling of water or moving of livestock, especially in the south.

An average of 6.7 days were suitable for fieldwork.

Winter wheat harvest was 88% complete. Most of the remaining acreage was in the northeast. The five-year average is only about half complete at this time.

Barley harvest was just getting under way, with 10% harvested statewide. About half the barley crop was mature, which is well above average. Barley condition remained mostly fair to good.

Oats was 10% mature. Some oats was being cut for hay. Oats condition was fair to good.

Spring wheat was about two-thirds turned color and condition ranged widely, from poor to good.

Corn was 80% tasseled and 54% silked. Both were ahead of average pace. Corn condition remained mostly good.

Dry beans development remain slightly behind average, with 68% bloomed and 31% setting pods, compared with the five-year average of 83% setting pods, compared with the five-year average of 83% bloom and 33% setting pods. Some blight was reported in the dry beans.

Sugar beets were in good condition, but weeds were a problem.

First cutting of alfalfa was 98% complete. Second cutting was 22% complete, both ahead of average. Cutting of other hay was 64% complete. Reduced hay yields were reported as a result of the dry conditions.

Stock water supplies were getting shorter, which caused some producers to move or sell livestock or to haul water.

For the week ending July 23, 49% of the state's pastures were rated poor or very poor, up 8 points from last week.

Livestock were in mostly good condition, but, in some areas they were beginning to show the effects of the hot weather and poor grass.

Daytime temperatures continued to swelter and nighttime temperatures stayed warm. Average temperatures ranged from one degree above normal in Jackson to seven degrees above normal in Evanston. Jackson again reported the low temperature of 36 degrees. Redbird had the high temperature of 108 degrees.

Highs ranged mostly from the low 90s to the low 100s. Lows ranged mostly from the mid-40s to the low 50s.

Precipitation again was below normal, in nearly all areas. Newcastle received the most, at 0.6 inch. Some southeast areas received around one-quarter inch, while the rest of the state received from zero to a trace.

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