Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – January 2021

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Published Friday, January 29, 2021

Note: Weekly crop progress and condition reports will resume in March. Only monthly reports are released for December, January and February.

Minimal moisture received 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.

Overall, the entire state remained in moderate to exceptional drought, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report. Warm and windy weather, detrimental to winter wheat, was reported. A reporter noted some winter wheat had been chiseled in to prevent blowing.

In southwestern counties, a reporter noted winter snowpack was good, which was helping to improve soil moisture conditions.

In the San Luis Valley, dry conditions persisted and a reporter noted that hay supplies were minimal.

In southeastern counties, conditions were noted as extremely dry and moisture was needed.

As of January 21, 2021, snowpack in Colorado was 72 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 

40 

33 

12 

NA 

Short 

39 

44 

49 

NA 

Adequate 

21 

23 

34 

NA 

Surplus. 

-- 

-- 

NA 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

40 

35 

NA 

Short 

43 

48 

26 

NA 

Adequate 

17 

17 

63 

NA 

Surplus. 

-- 

-- 

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 

27 

29 

NA 

Poor 

44 

36 

15 

NA 

Fair 

25 

29 

31 

NA 

Good 

44 

NA 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

NA 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

18 

15 

NA 

Poor 

18 

19 

19 

NA 

Fair 

47 

47 

23 

NA 

Good 

16 

18 

50 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

NA 

Poor 

NA 

Fair 

30 

33 

19 

NA 

Good 

54 

49 

68 

NA 

Excellent 

11 

10 

NA 

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