Ag Stats – Colorado crop progress and condition summary – week ending March 29, 2020

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Published Friday, April 3, 2020

Spring fieldwork picked up in several localities last week amidst mostly dry and windy conditions, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Much of the state, except central counties, were experiencing abnormally to severe drought conditions, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report.

In northeastern counties, received moisture late in the week aided non-irrigated crop and rangeland conditions. Local reports noted winter wheat stands in areas were filling in and showing good growth. Crop producers were busy preparing for spring planting and livestock producers continued to benefit from mostly mild weather. Concerns were noted for rangeland moisture needs going forward.

In east central counties, high winds depleted soil moisture supplies and damaged winter wheat stands in areas. Reports noted winter wheat growth was behind normal due to long-term lack of moisture.

In the San Luis Valley, no moisture was received last week and windy conditions were noted. Barley planting progressed in some localities while others had not yet started. Other spring field operations continued. Livestock were reportedly in good condition. In southeastern counties, reports noted no moisture was received and high winds prevailed. Although pastures were beginning to green up, growth was noted as slow. Both winter wheat and rangeland need significant moisture moving forward to sustain growth.

As of March 27, 2020, snowpack in Colorado was 109 percent measured as percent of median snowfall. The Southwest and San Luis Valley were both 100 percent.

Stored feed supplies were rated 1 percent very short, 8 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 49 percent average and 51 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 72 percent average and 28 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Barley 

       

Planted 

Onions 

       

Planted 

-- 

-- 

Winter wheat 

       

Pastured 

21 

12 

Jointed 

NA 

Cattle and calves 

       

Cows calved 

62 

49 

55 

55 

Sheep and lambs 

       

Ewes lambed 

58 

42 

53 

46 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

4.9 

4.6 

3.9 

4.8 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

12 

10 

Short 

22 

24 

22 

Adequate 

65 

66 

88 

65 

Surplus 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

11 

Short 

24 

26 

15 

25 

Adequate 

67 

66 

80 

62 

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 

Poor 

12 

10 

21 

Fair 

30 

34 

54 

38 

Good 

51 

41 

30 

30 

Excellent 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

11 

-- 

Poor 

16 

12 

13 

Fair 

22 

26 

29 

33 

Good 

45 

46 

50 

42 

Excellent 

16 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

27 

35 

23 

20 

Good 

60 

53 

68 

70 

Excellent 

 

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