Farmers hesitant about selling more hay

Hot, dry, and windy conditions with very limited precipitation occurred for a majority of the state, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. High temperatures ranged from the upper 80s to 107 degrees, and low temperatures ranged from 32 degrees in Wisdom to the upper 50s.

The highest amount of precipitation was recorded in Ridgeway with 0.81 of an inch of moisture while other stations recorded between zero and 0.61 of an inch of moisture.

Crop conditions continue to deteriorate due to the hot, dry weather. Soil moisture conditions continue to decline, with 92 percent of topsoil rated very short to short, and 88 percent of subsoil rated very short to short. This compares with 34 percent of topsoil last year rated very short to short, and 37 percent of subsoil last year rated very short to short.

Reporters note that barley and spring wheat have been cut for hay or grazed out, due to dry conditions, and farmers are hesitant about selling more hay until the second cuttings of hay are finished.

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