Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending April 3, 2022

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Published Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Warm temperatures and minimal moisture allowed fieldwork to continue across most of the State last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 83 percent of the State is under drought conditions, unchanged from last week. Thirty-four percent of the State is experiencing severe to exceptional drought conditions, and extreme drought conditions are affecting 7 percent of the State, both unchanged from the previous week.

In northeastern and east central counties, conditions remain dry, with only trace amounts of moisture received last week. A reporter noted that pastures are starting to green, and the winter wheat crop is progressing.

Southwestern counties received rain last week, slightly improving moisture conditions. Calving and lambing continued, supported by relatively mild weather, with a reporter noting that calving is almost complete.

In the San Luis Valley, despite previous forecasts, precipitation was limited over the last week. Fieldwork has slowed while producers wait for temperatures in the area to warm up. The southeastern counties remained primarily dry.

Areas of Custer, Huerfano, Pueblo Counties received at least a half inch of moisture last week, while the rest of the southeastern counties received no measurable moisture.

Overall, calving and lambing continued with few issues, with 68 percent of cows calved and 53 percent of ewes lambed, both behind the previous year.

As of March 27, 2022, snowpack in Colorado was 91 percent measured as percent of median snowfall, down 1 percentage point from the previous week. The Southwest and San Luis Valley were 93 and 99 percent, respectively.

Stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 25 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 69 percent average and 31 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 72 percent average and 28 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Barley 

       

Planted 

24 

13 

Winter wheat 

       

Pastured 

18 

13 

Jointed 

-- 

Cattle and calves 

       

Cows calved 

68 

65 

76 

66 

Sheep and lambs 

       

Ewes lambed 

53 

44 

60 

60 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

5.2 

5.9 

6.4 

5.5 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

15 

16 

13 

11 

Short 

38 

39 

39 

24 

Adequate 

46 

44 

48 

63 

Surplus 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

31 

31 

29 

12 

Short 

41 

46 

41 

26 

Adequate 

28 

23 

30 

61 

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 

18 

17 

24 

10 

Poor 

22 

20 

34 

20 

Fair 

27 

31 

32 

36 

Good 

23 

30 

10 

32 

Excellent 

10 

-- 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

14 

14 

15 

Poor 

25 

25 

19 

14 

Fair 

42 

50 

39 

33 

Good 

18 

11 

24 

39 

Excellent 

-- 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

24 

19 

21 

21 

Good 

51 

60 

64 

67 

Excellent 

18 

15 

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