Crop summary for the week ending March 8, 2009

NEW MEXICO: Alfalfa was 4% poor, 40% fair and 56% good. Winter wheat was 30% very poor, 36% poor, 18% fair, 12%
good, and 4% excellent with 52% grazed. Lettuce was 40% good and 60% excellent. Chile was 4% planted. Onion was
29% fair, 34% good and 37% excellent with 70% planted. Cattle were 3% very poor, 21% poor, 43% fair, 31% good, and 2%
excellent. Sheep were 15% very poor, 21% poor, 28% fair, 32% good, and 4% excellent. Range and pasture were 11% very
poor, 32% poor, 43% fair, 13% good, 1% excellent. Many farmers and ranchers were feeding hay or supplement to livestock.
Days suitable for fieldwork were 6.5. Topsoil moisture was 60% very short, 33% short and 7% adequate. Wind damage was
26% light, 15% moderate and 1% severe. Freeze damage was 10% light, 1% moderate. Across the state temperatures
were well above normal for the week. Precipitation was confined mainly to the Northeast area of New Mexico with only
Clovis and Gallup reporting precipitation outside those areas.