Category: Weather

The drought continues…

The latest USDA-NASS crop weather report for Wyoming didn’t paint a very bright picture for the state. Winter wheat condition was rated at 38% good, 39% fair, and 23% poor or very poor. Yesterday, I was out looking at our winter wheat research plots at SAREC near Lingle, WY. I’d say my wheat strip falls […]

Tornado near Wheatland

As we were driving from the research farm in Lingle back to Laramie yesterday, we had a little bit of excitement as we passed through Wheatland. The tornado sirens were blaring, and we saw a pretty dark cloud to the West. I took the photos below with my cell phone, as we drove South of […]

Dry is right!

Extremely dry is right. This cheatgrass control trial had very distinct release of perennial grasses last year. This year, the cheatgrass is only about one to two inches tall and already setting seed. Many of the perennial native grasses have grown very little and do not look like they will.

Irrigating crops for emergence

This is a photo of something we don’t often see in southeast Wyoming: corn being furrow irrigated prior to emergence. The last time I remember seeing this practice widespread across the region was in 2002. In most years, we get enough spring moisture that the corn is able to emerge without the need for irrigation. […]