Hot, dry and windy conditions were reported throughout the state, says the Wyoming Agricultural Statistics Service July 10.

Most of Wyoming received only isolated showers, if anything, which further depleted soil moisture and heightened drought concerns.

As of July 9, only 19% of the state had adequate topsoil moisture, down 5 points from the previous week.

Irrigation water supplies were rated short or very short, in over half the state. Much of the west and southwest districts were very short.

An average of 6.9 days were suitable for fieldwork.

Winter wheat was maturing rapidly and harvest had begun in the southeast. Harvest was 12% complete, which was about 10 days ahead of the five-year average pace. About two-thirds of the winter wheat was in poor to very poor condition.

Barley continued to progress a little ahead of average pace, with 80% headed and 23% turning color. Barley condition was fair to good.

Oats also was in mostly fair to good condition and, at about half headed out, still was a little behind average pace.

Corn remained in mostly good condition and was starting to tassel, a little ahead of average pace.

Dry beans were blooming near average pace and also were in mostly good condition.

First cutting of alfalfa remained ahead of the five-year average pace. The second cutting was just beginning. Quality and quantity of the hay produced has been reduced by the dry conditions. Yields will be cut substantially in some areas.

Range and pasture conditions continued to deteriorate. At week's end, 31% was rated poor or very poor. Producers were being forced to haul water to livestock and first reports surfaced of producers selling livestock to save pastures. Fire danger also was a concern as more grass fires were breaking out.

Hot daytime temperatures resulted in average temperatures well above normal nearly everywhere for the week ending Friday, July 9. Average temperatures ranged from two degrees below normal in Jackson to seven degrees above normal in Redbird. Jackson had the low temperature of 104 degrees. Highs ranged from the mid-80s to the mid-90s, while lows ranged mostly from the low 30s to the upper 40s.

Precipitation remained well below normal, with most of the state receiving none to one-tenth inch or less. Sundance received the most, at 1.10 inches.

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