Statewide, small grain harvest ahead of normal

Precipitation totals varied drastically across the state during the week, with just a trace accumulating in western locations, while over an inch fell in many south central and southeastern areas, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Daytime high temperatures for the week ranged from the mid-80s to 100 degrees in Jordan and Mizpah. Overnight lows ranged from the mid-20s to the upper 40s.

Hailstorms continued periodically in portions of the northeast, causing additional damage to crops. Comments from Valley County indicated that many pea fields were destroyed. In Garfield County, reports suggested good yields and test weights for the recently harvested wheat crop.

Statewide, small grain harvest was progressing ahead of normal, with 66 percent of barley, 42 percent of Durum wheat, 69 percent of oats, 53 percent of spring wheat, and 97 percent of winter wheat harvested by week’s end. 

Pasture and rangeland conditions continued to deteriorate under hotter and drier than normal weather, with just 33 percent rated good to excellent which was better than last year’s 23 percent but below the five-year average of 38 percent. Producers continue to move animals off summer pastures, with 19 percent of cattle and 19 percent of sheep moved, well ahead of the five-year average for both.

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