Ag stats – Colorado crop progress and condition report – March 31, 2019

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Published Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Mixed conditions allowed producers slightly more days in the field last week, but most areas remained too wet for fieldwork, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Northeastern county reporters noted milder weather last week was better for livestock producers. Late-week moisture benefitted non-irrigated cropland and pasture conditions; winter wheat fields were noted as greening up. Little fieldwork was noted due to wet conditions.

In east central counties, soil moisture conditions were noted as excellent and warmer temperatures had areas starting to green up. Producers proceeded with spring fieldwork.

Prior drought conditions continued to recede in southwestern counties due to recent moisture. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, a few counties remained abnormally to moderately dry.

In the San Luis Valley, a reporter noted barley planting started. Snow was received late in the week, keeping the ground wet in most areas. Pastures were noted as just starting to green up.

In southeastern counties, light rain during the week kept fields wet. Fieldwork remained slow due to wet conditions.

Statewide, winter wheat condition was rated 66 percent good to excellent, compared to 39 percent rated good to excellent last year.

As of March 27, 2019, snowpack in Colorado was 140 percent measured as percent of median snowfall. The Southwest and San Luis Valley were 161 and 151 percent, respectively.

Stored feed supplies were rated 2 percent very short, 21 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 5 percent heavy, 39 percent average, and 56 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 8 percent heavy, 69 percent average, and 23 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Barley 

       

Planted 

Winter wheat 

       

Pastured 

21 

16 

Jointed 

-- 

Cattle and calves 

       

Cows calved 

58 

47 

54 

60 

Sheep and lambs 

       

Ewes lambed 

58 

42 

58 

48 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

3.9 

3.3 

5.7 

5.0 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

25 

13 

Short 

37 

28 

Adequate 

88 

82 

37 

56 

Surplus. 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

21 

16 

Short 

15 

15 

24 

29 

Adequate 

80 

80 

54 

53 

Surplus. 

CROP, LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE CONDITION

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Pasture and range 

     

Very poor 

20 

10 

Poor 

10 

10 

20 

24 

Fair 

54 

50 

34 

34 

Good 

30 

34 

24 

29 

Excellent 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

17 

16 

Fair 

29 

27 

39 

33 

Good 

50 

55 

31 

38 

Excellent 

16 

13 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

23 

26 

22 

21 

Good 

68 

65 

71 

69 

Excellent