Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – April 14, 2019

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Published Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Fieldwork made limited progress due to a late week spring snowstorm, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

In northeastern counties, producers were in the field as conditions allowed, but fields were still noted as wet. Precipitation was beneficial for non-irrigated crop and rangeland conditions. A reporter noted livestock producers were prepared for last week's storm which did not turn out as severe as March's blizzard.

In east central counties, very high winds were noted last week.

In southwestern counties, soil moisture conditions were reportedly excellent with cool season grasses really starting to green up and grow. Producers reported higher than normal losses during calving.

In the San Luis Valley, barley planting picked up but reporters noted emergence was slow due to cold temperatures. River water irrigation also started last week. Feed supplies were noted as sufficient, but some producers had trouble finding specialty forages.

Southeastern county reporters noted scattered precipitation was received with a lot of wind. Low temperatures at week's end were a concern for jointed winter wheat.

Statewide, winter wheat condition was rated 62 percent good to excellent, compared to 38 percent rated good to excellent last year.

As of April 12, 2019, snowpack in Colorado was 130 percent measured as percent of median snowfall. The Southwest and San Luis Valley were 157 and 139 percent, respectively.

Stored feed supplies were rated 6 percent very short, 18 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 1 percent heavy, 58 percent average, and 41 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 4 percent heavy, 85 percent average, and 11 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Barley 

       

Planted 

37 

19 

32 

29 

Emerged 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Onions 

       

Planted 

11 

28 

35 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Planted 

14 

20 

Sugarbeets 

       

Planted 

14 

11 

16 

Winter wheat 

       

Pastured 

25 

17 

19 

10 

Jointed 

11 

14 

Cattle and calves 

       

Cows calved 

78 

71 

77 

78 

Sheep and lambs 

       

Ewes lambed 

85 

78 

82 

70 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

4.6 

5.5 

5.2 

5.3 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

-- 

-- 

29 

12 

Short 

32 

26 

Adequate 

89 

90 

38 

58 

Surplus 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

24 

16 

Short 

18 

12 

32 

30 

Adequate 

79 

84 

44 

52 

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 

21 

11 

Poor 

24 

23 

Fair 

39 

49 

29 

34 

Good 

46 

38 

25 

29 

Excellent 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

15 

15 

Fair 

34 

27 

38 

32 

Good 

54 

53 

36 

39 

Excellent 

17 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

21 

22 

19 

21 

Good 

68 

68 

74 

69 

Excellent