Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending August 18, 2019

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Published Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Severe weather continued in eastern Colorado last week, with multiple days of damaging hail, severe thunderstorms, and tornadoes, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. 

Northeastern county reporters noted crops were doing well where precipitation continued to fall. Producers in areas that have not received consistent moisture were concerned regarding declining dryland crop and rangeland conditions. Reporters also noted elevated fire danger was a concern. Limited corn silage harvest was also underway in a few northeastern counties. 

Localities in several east central counties hit hard by hail and severe weather were assessing crop damage last week after the storms. Precipitation received throughout the east central district was very spotty, with some areas receiving more than others. 

In western counties, minimal moisture was received last week. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, abnormally dry conditions expanded in southwestern Colorado due to insufficient monsoonal moisture. 

In the San Luis Valley, barley harvest began last week. Reporters noted alfalfa harvest was also moving along and potatoes were doing well. A reporter noted that potato vines were showing maturity with a few fields killed in preparation for harvest. 

In southeastern counties, rain was received last week. Hay harvest progressed as conditions allowed. A reporter also noted areas in central Prowers county received heavy hail damage from the storms. 

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent short, 84 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. 

Sheep death loss was 61 percent average and 39 percent light. 

Cattle death loss was 60 percent average and 40 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Alfalfa hay 

       

2nd cutting harvested 

97 

90 

95 

93 

3rd cutting harvested 

35 

22 

39 

36 

Barley 

       

Harvested 

15 

48 

37 

Corn 

       

Silked 

96 

91 

96 

96 

Doughed 

34 

15 

61 

50 

Dented 

Harvested for silage 

-- 

Dry edible beans 

       

Blooming 

89 

79 

91 

NA 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested 

-- 

11 

Sorghum 

       

Headed 

81 

64 

84 

75 

Turning color 

16 

20 

Winter wheat 

       

Planted 

NA 

-- 

-- 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.1 

5.4 

6.3 

6.1 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

11 

Short 

15 

15 

24 

24 

Adequate 

78 

77 

62 

67 

Surplus. 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

17 

Short 

16 

16 

25 

24 

Adequate 

77 

77 

56 

65 

Surplus. 

CROP, LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE CONDITION

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Alfalfa hay 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

15 

Fair 

26 

23 

Good 

70 

73 

42 

52 

Excellent 

16 

14 

13 

Barley 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

Fair 

19 

20 

27 

21 

Good 

52 

49 

52 

52 

Excellent 

22 

23 

19 

23 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

16 

Fair 

17 

19 

24 

20 

Good 

62 

64 

50 

60 

Excellent 

16 

13 

13 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

12 

Poor 

22 

Fair 

27 

35 

32 

29 

Good 

70 

56 

28 

54 

Excellent 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

18 

18 

Good 

98 

89 

67 

63 

Excellent 

-- 

10 

15 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

28 

Poor 

24 

15 

Fair 

17 

15 

27 

25 

Good 

71 

71 

19 

44 

Excellent 

10 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

33 

30 

17 

Good 

44 

47 

66 

57 

Excellent 

18 

20 

21 

19 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

16 

15 

13 

Good 

70 

70 

59 

78 

Excellent 

12 

13 

23 

12 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

17 

10 

Fair 

21 

24 

31 

29 

Good 

65 

64 

46 

55 

Excellent 

11 

10 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

13 

25 

13 

Good 

86 

74 

49 

67 

Excellent 

12 

22 

18 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

18 

19 

28 

25 

Good 

69 

70 

61 

59 

Excellent 

13 

11 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

10 

21 

15 

Good 

74 

74 

63 

71 

Excellent 

13 

14 

11 

12 

 

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