Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – January 2020

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Published Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Note: Monthly crop progress reports are released during the winter months. Weekly reports resume in the spring.

Minimal moisture during the month of January resulted in diminished topsoil moisture supplies across the state, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Eastern counties received almost no precipitation during January and western counties received isolated moisture and some significant snowfall at higher elevations.

Reporters in northeastern counties noted dry conditions were a primary concern for crop and livestock producers. Warm and windy weather, detrimental to winter wheat, was reported.

In southwestern counties, a reporter noted winter snowpack was good, but soil moisture supplies were still short and severe drought conditions persisted.

In the San Luis Valley, dry conditions also persisted and minimal moisture was received. Livestock were reportedly in good condition and less snow cover allowed many producers to graze later. Lambing and kidding also began for a few producers.

In southeastern counties, conditions were noted as extremely dry and moisture was needed. A reporter noted high winds severely damaged or blew out winter wheat stands in areas. Livestock were being heavily supplemented. Another county reporter noted some winter wheat had also been chiseled in response to lack of precipitation.

As of January 23, 2020, snowpack in Colorado was 113 percent measured as percent of median snowfall.

SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current report

Previous report

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Topsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

12 

17 

NA 

NA 

Short 

49 

25 

NA 

NA 

Adequate 

34 

58 

NA 

NA 

Surplus. 

-- 

NA 

NA 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

19 

NA 

NA 

Short 

26 

28 

NA 

NA 

Adequate 

63 

53 

NA 

NA 

Surplus. 

-- 

NA 

NA 

CROP, LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE CONDITION

Commodity 

Current report

Previous report

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

15 

11 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

31 

33 

NA 

NA 

Good 

44 

45 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

NA 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

19 

12 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

23 

24 

NA 

NA 

Good 

50 

41 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

16 

NA 

NA 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

19 

14 

NA 

NA 

Good 

68 

71 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

10 

11 

NA 

NA 

 

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