Ag statistics: Colorado crop progress and condition summary – week ending September 23, 2018

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Published Friday, September 28, 2018

AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Hot and dry weather was widespread with reported isolated precipitation throughout the state last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

In northeastern counties, winter wheat planting progressed well despite dry soil conditions. Livestock were reportedly in good condition, with producers marketing calves to alleviate using forage.

Northeastern and east central counties noted winter wheat being seeded into dry topsoil.

In southwestern counties, hot and dry temperatures provided no relief from exceptional drought conditions, and very little winter wheat has been planted.

In the San Luis Valley, potato harvest picked up last week as well as producers starting the third cutting of alfalfa.

Stored feed supplies were rated 7 percent very short, 18 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 70 percent average and 30 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 75 percent average and 25 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 .......................................... 

90 

84 

83 

83 

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

32 

23 

20 

24 

Corn 

       

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

92 

86 

84 

92 

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

39 

22 

29 

35 

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

-- 

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

88 

77 

73 

73 

Dry edible beans 

       

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

87 

81 

64 

56 

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

56 

48 

33 

30 

Onions 

       

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

85 

77 

64 

55 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

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

25 

20 

23 

28 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

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

65 

58 

43 

74 

Sorghum 

       

Turning color .................................................... 

95 

88 

89 

85 

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

27 

13 

19 

28 

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

-- 

-- 

Spring wheat 

       

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

91 

89 

84 

87 

Sugarbeets 

       

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

Winter wheat 

       

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

47 

24 

37 

45 

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

21 

11 

12 

15 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

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

6.6 

6.9 

5.6 

6.1 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

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

14 

12 

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

34 

35 

23 

30 

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

51 

52 

72 

60 

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

Subsoil moisture 

       

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

15 

13 

12 

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

27 

29 

28 

31 

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

57 

57 

69 

56 

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 .......................................................... 

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

19 

15 

14 

10 

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

26 

25 

26 

25 

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

38 

45 

53 

50 

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

11 

Corn 

       

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

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

10 

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

18 

14 

29 

27 

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

62 

70 

48 

50 

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

13 

14 

Dry edible beans 

       

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

16 

11 

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

16 

19 

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

11 

13 

27 

33 

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

55 

53 

55 

50 

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

Pasture and range 

       

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

28 

26 

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

23 

21 

13 

16 

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

23 

22 

25 

28 

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

24 

29 

48 

42 

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

13 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

NA 

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

14 

NA 

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

15 

13 

19 

NA 

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

50 

59 

51 

NA 

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

30 

24 

16 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

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

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

12 

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

28 

25 

16 

32 

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

57 

62 

65 

47 

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

11 

Sugarbeets 

       

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

-- 

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

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

22 

20 

15 

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

49 

52 

70 

67 

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

20 

22 

18 

16 

Sunflowers 

       

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

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

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

28 

24 

19 

30 

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

64 

69 

62 

48 

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

14 

10 

Livestock 

       

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

-- 

-- 

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

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

19 

14 

12 

16 

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

68 

74 

81 

71 

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

11