Rapid snowmelt and storms result in flooding in parts of Idaho

June 21, 2017

Warm weather and storms caused flooding in Idaho the week ending June 12, according to the United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service Northwest Regional Field Office in Olympia, Wash.

 

A little more than six days were suitable for fieldwork. A low temperature was reported at 30 degrees Fahrenheit in the south-central region. A high temperature of 100 degrees was reported in the southwest region. There was a statewide temperature differential of 3 degrees below normal to 6 degrees above normal.

 

Topsoil moisture was 10 percent very short, 19 percent short, 53 percent adequate and 18 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture figures were similar. Pasture and range conditions were reported to be 2 percent poor, 11 percent fair, 63 percent good, and 24 percent excellent.

 

Favorable crop growing conditions in the northern region allowed fall-planted grains to head out. The reseeding of areas of winter-killed crops was wrapping up, and conditions were excellent for hay and grazing. There were still small amounts of standing water in planted fields in Boundary County.

The southwest region experienced stormy weather, with thunderstorms Tuesday and Sunday afternoon in Elmore County. In Washington County, some corn showed nutrient deficiency because of overly wet conditions. The switch from hot and dry to cold and wet slowed emerged crop progress.

The south-central region continued to have good growth. Crop conditions were returning to normal for the season. Crops appeared to be catching up to previous years after the late start for spring.

 

The southeast had another warm, dry week that helped crop growth. Farmers wrapped up planting the last of their crops, and a large number of potatoes emerged. In Caribou County, crops looked good and irrigation was in full swing. In Teton County, many streams and rivers were at flood stage. The warm temperatures caused rapid snow melt in the high country and flooding in pasture fields.

Winter wheat was 28 percent headed, well behind last year’s 76 percent. The crop was 6 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 55 percent good and 17 percent excellent.

 

Spring wheat was 84 percent emerged and just 4 percent headed. Most of that crop was reported to be in fair to excellent condition.

 

Barley was nearly 100 percent emerged and just 16 percent headed. That crop was also reported to be fair to excellent.

 

Oats were 95 percent planted and 81 percent emerged. That crop is fair to excellent.

 

Potatoes were 82 percent emerged, which is 1 percent ahead of where they were last year. That crop is 78 percent good, with most of the rest – 18 percent – excellent.

 

Sugarbeets were 90 percent emerged and nearly entirely either good or excellent.

 

Field corn was nearly totally planted and 82 percent emerged. That crop was 83 percent good, with most of the rest – 15 percent – excellent.

 

Dry edible beans were 70 percent planted, 35 percent emerged, and there was no information on their condition.

 

Dry edible peas were three-quarters planted, whereas they are usually 100 percent planted by this time of year. Fifty eight percent had emerged.

 

Onions were entirely emerged. The crop is entirely fair or good.

 

Alfalfa hay was 63 percent cut, a little bit ahead of the five-year average.

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