Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending April 5, 2020

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Published Friday, April 10, 2020

Spring fieldwork continued amidst scattered snow and rain events, according to according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Much of the state, except central and portions of extreme northwestern counties, were experiencing abnormally to severe drought conditions, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report.

In northeastern counties, light moisture was received. Producers continued preparing for spring planting and barley planting picked up in some localities. Producers calving and lambing continued to benefit from mostly mild weather. Concerns were noted for rangeland and non-irrigated crop moisture needs going forward, especially with recent high winds.

In east central counties, some areas received good moisture from rain and snowfall, while others remained very dry.

Winter wheat in Kiowa County was reportedly in very poor condition due to lack of moisture and damaging high winds. Some producers in the county were chiseling wheat fields or in the process of contacting their crop insurance adjuster.

In the San Luis Valley, last week remained dry and reports noted moisture was needed. Barley planting progressed although producers were awaiting irrigation water in order to continue.

In southeastern counties, light moisture was received but high winds quickly negated any benefits. Reports noted winter wheat was being chiseled and some producers had filed for losses on their acreage.

As of March 27, 2020, snowpack in Colorado was 104 percent measured as percent of median snowfall. The Southwest and San Luis Valley were 94 percent and 96 percent, respectively.

Stored feed supplies were rated 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 83 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 42 percent average and 58 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 70 percent average and 30 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Barley 

       

Planted  

20 

14 

10 

Onions 

       

Planted  

12 

Winter wheat 

       

Pastured  

17 

11 

Jointed  

Cattle and calves 

       

Cows calved  

73 

62 

67 

67 

Sheep and lambs 

       

Ewes lambed  

71 

58 

72 

58 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork  

53 

49 

55 

56 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short  

14 

12 

-- 

Short  

22 

22 

23 

Adequate  

64 

65 

90 

65 

Surplus  

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short  

10 

Short  

20 

24 

12 

26 

Adequate  

73 

67 

84 

62 

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  

Poor  

20 

Fair  

28 

30 

49 

37 

Good  

57 

51 

38 

32 

Excellent  

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor  

12 

11 

-- 

Poor  

15 

16 

12 

Fair  

25 

22 

27 

33 

Good  

45 

45 

53 

44 

Excellent  

17 

Livestock 

       

Very poor  

-- 

Poor  

Fair  

23 

27 

22 

19 

Good  

63 

60 

68 

71 

Excellent  

 

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