Scattered showers, snowfall reported (New Mexico)

Scattered showers and snowfall was reported across much of the state for the week ending Nov. 4; with weekly moisture totals mostly above average, hampering producer’s time to harvest corn, hay, and sorghum but benefiting winter wheat farmers, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Mountain Regional Field Office, New Mexico. Topsoil moisture levels were reported as 77 percent adequate to surplus, compared with 71 percent last week, 77 percent last year, and a 5-year average of 47 percent. Precipitation was recorded at all but one of the 46 reporting weather stations, with Los Alamos, at 1.14 inches, reporting the largest accumulation during the week. There were four additional weather stations that reported precipitation totals at or above one inch during the week. Average temperatures ranged from 6 degrees below to 3 degrees above normal. Daytime highs varied from 57 degrees at Taos to 85 degrees at Artesia and Carlsbad. Overnight lows ranged from 10 degrees at Angel Fire to 39 degrees at Truth or Consequences. Pecan nut set was reported as 6 percent light, 60 percent moderate, and 34 percent heavy. Hail damage in all crops was reported as 2 percent light. Wind damage in all crops was reported as 3 percent light and 2 percent moderate.