Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – April 21, 2019

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Published Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Isolated precipitation held soil moisture supplies steady last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

In northwestern counties, snow cover receded from meadows and south-facing slopes, but moving stock to pasture was noted as still a few weeks off. Northeastern county reporters noted calving was nearing completion and fieldwork progressed around precipitation events. Below freezing temperatures at night hindered some progress.

In east central counties, beneficial moisture was received and reporters noted winter wheat was growing quickly.

In the San Luis Valley, warmer and drier conditions aided producer fieldwork. Barley emergence picked up and seed potato growers were noted as just beginning to plant last week. Alfalfa damaged last winter was reported as being replanted to another crop for this year.

In southeastern counties, last week was dry and windy. A reporter noted producers were preparing to plant corn, despite cooler ground.

Statewide, winter wheat condition was rated 73 percent good to excellent, compared to 36 percent rated good to excellent last year.

As of April 22, 2019, snowpack in Colorado was 128 percent measured as percent of median snowfall. The Southwest and San Luis Valley were 159 and 130 percent, respectively.

Stored feed supplies were rated 1 percent very short, 17 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 1 percent heavy, 82 percent average, and 17 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 1 percent heavy, 86 percent average, and 13 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Barley 

       

Planted 

63 

37 

57 

48 

Emerged 

10 

13 

NA 

Corn 

       

Planted 

-- 

Onions 

       

Planted 

28 

11 

56 

54 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

   

Planted 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

   

Planted 

19 

25 

34 

Sugarbeets 

       

Planted 

32 

14 

26 

33 

Winter wheat 

     

Pastured 

18 

25 

Jointed 

15 

11 

19 

29 

Cattle and calves 

     

Cows calved 

84 

78 

85 

85 

Sheep and lambs 

     

Ewes lambed 

91 

85 

89 

80 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

5.7 

4.6 

4.6 

4.9 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

-- 

25 

10 

Short 

28 

23 

Adequate 

88 

89 

46 

63 

Surplus 

Subsoil moisture 

     

Very short 

17 

13 

Short 

15 

18 

34 

29 

Adequate 

81 

79 

48 

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 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

NA 

16 

NA 

Fair 

13 

NA 

29 

NA 

Good 

72 

NA 

43 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

NA 

Pasture and range 

     

Very poor 

24 

11 

Poor 

23 

23 

Fair 

29 

39 

32 

34 

Good 

60 

46 

21 

29 

Excellent 

-- 

Winter wheat 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

11 

Poor 

18 

14 

Fair 

24 

34 

35 

33 

Good 

56 

54 

34 

39 

Excellent 

17 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

18 

21 

18 

20 

Good 

72 

68 

74 

70 

Excellent 

 

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