Ag statistics: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending October 1, 2018

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Published Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Fieldwork activities continued on pace last week in Colorado amidst minimal precipitation, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Northeastern county reporters noted winter wheat continued to be seeded despite dry conditions. Limited corn for grain harvest began last week, but most producers were waiting for the crop to dry down. Livestock remained in good condition, but a reporter noted a good deal of baled hay was hauled out as fast as it was harvested, a reflection of short forage supplies and regional drought conditions.

In east central counties, producers were harvesting corn for grain but saw a late start because of morning dew. Most winter wheat was noted to be planted and the emerged crop looked good thus far. Lack of precipitation remained a concern, especially for pasture conditions in east central counties.

Southwestern counties stayed warm and dry last week with no relief from exceptional drought conditions.

In the San Luis Valley, potato harvest and third cutting of alfalfa progressed quickly last week and minimal moisture was received. A reporter noted livestock were being moved off mountain pasture about two weeks early. In southeastern counties, a reporter noted precipitation was minimal and corn for grain harvest began last week. Hay harvest was noted as slow because of heavy dew. Calves were noted as being weaned a little earlier than normal to save grass and allow cows to regain body condition.

Statewide, corn was rated 68 percent good to excellent, compared with 65 percent good to excellent last year.

Stored feed supplies were rated 8 percent very short, 28 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 77 percent average and 23 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 1 percent heavy, 84 percent average, and 15 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Alfalfa hay 

       

3rd cutting harvested .......................................... 

94 

90 

89 

90 

4th cutting harvested .......................................... 

45 

32 

28 

33 

Corn 

       

Dented ............................................................... 

95 

92 

93 

97 

Mature ............................................................... 

59 

39 

40 

52 

Harvested for grain ........................................... 

11 

Harvested for silage .......................................... 

96 

88 

84 

86 

Dry edible beans 

       

Cut .................................................................... 

92 

87 

76 

75 

Harvested .......................................................... 

72 

56 

52 

47 

Onions 

       

Harvested .......................................................... 

94 

85 

78 

67 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested .......................................................... 

54 

25 

50 

48 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested .......................................................... 

72 

65 

49 

82 

Sorghum 

       

Mature ............................................................... 

43 

27 

25 

39 

Harvested .......................................................... 

Spring wheat 

       

Harvested .......................................................... 

95 

91 

86 

92 

Sugarbeets 

       

Harvested .......................................................... 

16 

Winter wheat 

       

Planted .............................................................. 

67 

47 

54 

65 

Emerged ............................................................ 

39 

21 

27 

31 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

Days suitable for fieldwork .................................... 

6.6 

6.6 

3.2 

NA 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short ......................................................... 

18 

14 

Short ................................................................. 

41 

34 

13 

28 

Adequate .......................................................... 

41 

51 

74 

61 

Surplus.............................................................. 

-- 

12 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short ......................................................... 

19 

15 

12 

Short ................................................................. 

33 

27 

23 

30 

Adequate .......................................................... 

47 

57 

74 

57 

Surplus.............................................................. 

CROP, LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE CONDITION

Commodity 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Alfalfa hay 

       

Very poor .......................................................... 

10 

-- 

Poor ................................................................... 

19 

19 

Fair .................................................................... 

30 

26 

24 

25 

Good ................................................................. 

33 

38 

61 

51 

Excellent ........................................................... 

11 

Corn 

       

Very poor .......................................................... 

Poor ................................................................... 

11 

10 

10 

Fair .................................................................... 

19 

18 

24 

25 

Good ................................................................. 

59 

62 

48 

50 

Excellent ........................................................... 

17 

15 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor .......................................................... 

28 

28 

Poor ................................................................... 

29 

23 

13 

16 

Fair .................................................................... 

17 

23 

25 

29 

Good ................................................................. 

23 

24 

46 

41 

Excellent ........................................................... 

15 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor .......................................................... 

-- 

-- 

-- 

NA 

Poor ................................................................... 

10 

NA 

Fair .................................................................... 

15 

15 

15 

NA 

Good ................................................................. 

56 

50 

55 

NA 

Excellent ........................................................... 

25 

30 

20 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor .......................................................... 

Poor ................................................................... 

13 

Fair .................................................................... 

26 

28 

20 

33 

Good ................................................................. 

55 

57 

58 

45 

Excellent ........................................................... 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor .......................................................... 

-- 

Poor ................................................................... 

Fair .................................................................... 

34 

22 

14 

16 

Good ................................................................. 

45 

49 

59 

64 

Excellent ........................................................... 

11 

20 

22 

17 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor .......................................................... 

Poor ................................................................... 

Fair .................................................................... 

29 

28 

17 

28 

Good ................................................................. 

62 

64 

68 

50 

Excellent ........................................................... 

10 

Livestock 

       

Very poor .......................................................... 

-- 

-- 

Poor ................................................................... 

Fair .................................................................... 

25 

19 

23 

19 

Good ................................................................. 

62 

68 

71 

68 

Excellent ........................................................... 

11