New Mexico

There were 6.5 days suitable for field work for the week ending May 7, says the New Mexico Agricultural Statistics Service.

Topsoil moisture was 49% very short, 27% short and 24% adequate.

Spring planting continued to be the main farm activity during the week. A hail storm did cause light crop damage in Lea County.

The chile, lettuce and onion crops were reported in mostly good to excellent condition.

Irrigated wheat remained in fair to good condition. Dryland wheat was reported in very poor to fair condition showing the effects of the hot, dry weather.

Supplemental feeding of cattle continued during the week, due to drought conditions. Cattle and sheep conditions declined during the week, with higher percentages falling in the very poor and poor ranges.

Pasture and range feed conditions continued to deteriorate and were reported 20% very poor, 26% poor, 38% fair and 16% good.

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