Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – April 7, 2019

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Published Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Spring fieldwork advanced last week due to warmer and drier weather, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

In northeastern and east central counties, calving and lambing progressed well since temperatures were warmer last week. Drier conditions allowed fieldwork to proceed, but reporters noted some fields were still too wet for fieldwork. Reporters mentioned winter wheat was actively growing; recent moisture improved the outlook for the crop.

In the San Luis Valley, barley planting picked up speed last week despite minor precipitation events. In southeastern counties, a drier week allowed fieldwork to progress well. Producers began using irrigation water, but some ditches were not turned on yet.

Statewide, winter wheat condition was rated 70 percent good to excellent, compared to 42 percent rated good to excellent last year.

As of April 5, 2019, snowpack in Colorado was 132 percent measured as percent of median snowfall. The Southwest and San Luis Valley were 154 and 146 percent, respectively.

Stored feed supplies were rated 2 percent very short, 18 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 4 percent heavy, 49 percent average, and 47 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 7 percent heavy, 81 percent average, and 12 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Barley 

       

Planted 

19 

13 

Onions 

       

Planted 

-- 

10 

19 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Planted 

-- 

11 

Sugarbeets 

       

Planted 

-- 

Winter wheat 

       

Pastured 

17 

21 

Jointed 

Cattle and calves 

       

Cows calved 

71 

58 

67 

70 

Sheep and lambs 

       

Ewes lambed 

78 

58 

71 

59 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

5.5 

3.9 

5.9 

5.8 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

-- 

23 

12 

Short 

39 

29 

Adequate 

90 

88 

37 

57 

Surplus 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

17 

15 

Short 

12 

15 

30 

30 

Adequate 

84 

80 

51 

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 

19 

10 

Poor 

10 

22 

24 

Fair 

49 

54 

32 

34 

Good 

38 

30 

25 

29 

Excellent 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

14 

14 

Fair 

27 

29 

39 

33 

Good 

53 

50 

38 

40 

Excellent 

17 

16 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

22 

23 

21 

21 

Good 

68 

68 

71 

69 

Excellent