USA:Winter Wheat Harvest Begins

Agricultural Summary – Temperatures for the week ending July 25 ranged from five degrees below normal to three degrees above normal for the state. Very little precipitation was reported for the state. Major agricultural activities included irrigating, cultivating, applying pesticides, cutting alfalfa, and harvesting cereal grains, reported “Kazakh-Zerno” IA with reference to the “Ag Weekly“.

Soil Moisture and Days Suitable for Fieldwork – Topsoil moisture is at 4% very short, 25% short, 70% adequate, and 1% surplus. Statewide, Idaho farmers had an average of 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork last week.

Field Crop Report – The Twin Falls extension educator reports corn is finally starting to tassel in the county. The Franklin county extension educator reports the second cutting of alfalfa looks good but some fields have high aphid populations. Barley and spring wheat headed is 91 and 86 percent complete, respectively. Several counties have reported winter wheat and barley harvested.

Livestock, Pasture and Range Report – Range and pasture is 83 percent in good or excellent condition. Statewide, the alfalfa second cutting is 37 percent complete. The Twin Falls county extension educator reports that voles and grasshoppers are an increasing concern.

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