Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending August 2, 2020

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Published Friday, August 7, 2020

Much needed rain greened pastures, but also damaged alfalfa in the southern areas of the state, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Statewide, weather reports indicate that over the past week isolated areas received more than one inch of rain with most of the state receiving only a trace of rainfall.

In northeastern counties, dry, windy conditions and cooler temperatures were reported. Irrigated crops continued to mature quickly. Reports indicated concern about the condition of non-irrigated crops, particularly millet and sorghum, and the potential risk for crop failure. Producers expect a better yield from the third cutting of alfalfa, compared to the second cutting. Pasture conditions continued to decline, with livestock producers supplementing feed, culling herds, and planning to wean earlier than usual.

Southwestern counties have received much needed rain. However, most of the second cutting of alfalfa was rained on and discolored. Reports indicated barley and potatoes were doing well. While cattle conditions were good, pasture is not in good condition and many livestock producers are seeking alternative pasture since they are short on their grazing leases.

In the San Luis Valley, rainfall has greened up pastures and livestock are generally in good condition. Recent rains also discolored much of the second cutting of alfalfa. In southeastern counties, alfalfa harvest has slowed due to rainfall and reports indicated concern for the quality of the alfalfa due to the rain. Pasture grass is beginning to grow. With recent high humidity, corn and sorghum are doing well.

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MAP Colorado Drought Conditions - August 4, 2020 - National Drought Mitigation Center
Colorado Drought Conditions - August 4, 2020 - National Drought Mitigation Center

According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, 83.7 percent of the land in the state is experiencing moderate drought or worse conditions (D1-D4), an increase from 74.0 percent last week. The area experiencing extreme drought or worse conditions (D3-D4) is at 26.6 percent, a decrease from 31.8 percent last week.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 6 percent very short, 24 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 78 percent average and 22 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 82 percent average and 18 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 

75 

62 

72 

75 

3rd cutting harvested 

11 

Barley 

       

Turning color 

88 

87 

81 

80 

Harvested 

-- 

Corn 

       

Silked 

84 

70 

70 

75 

Doughed 

16 

Dry edible beans 

       

Blooming 

61 

41 

56 

66 

Sorghum 

       

Headed 

26 

21 

34 

38 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.5 

6.5 

6.2 

6.1 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

24 

27 

Short 

40 

40 

23 

22 

Adequate 

34 

32 

66 

67 

Surplus. 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

29 

31 

Short 

39 

39 

22 

21 

Adequate 

31 

29 

67 

67 

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 

10 

Poor 

16 

11 

Fair 

21 

17 

11 

21 

Good 

47 

56 

69 

56 

Excellent 

10 

13 

12 

Barley 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

26 

18 

15 

19 

Good 

52 

60 

54 

53 

Excellent 

21 

21 

25 

24 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

10 

11 

-- 

Poor 

15 

17 

Fair 

30 

31 

22 

20 

Good 

40 

34 

63 

62 

Excellent 

11 

11 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

23 

20 

Fair 

38 

32 

35 

25 

Good 

36 

43 

55 

58 

Excellent 

-- 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

28 

23 

21 

Good 

57 

64 

89 

65 

Excellent 

10 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

16 

15 

Poor 

25 

25 

11 

Fair 

35 

35 

17 

24 

Good 

23 

24 

65 

48 

Excellent 

12 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

12 

Fair 

15 

11 

27 

19 

Good 

50 

58 

51 

54 

Excellent 

18 

27 

19 

23 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

24 

23 

17 

Good 

57 

57 

67 

77 

Excellent 

11 

12 

14 

13 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

19 

20 

Fair 

46 

45 

33 

29 

Good 

25 

21 

54 

56 

Excellent 

10 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

19 

25 

13 

13 

Good 

63 

54 

75 

69 

Excellent 

10 

12 

16 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

31 

24 

-- 

Fair 

51 

56 

23 

26 

Good 

13 

15 

68 

61 

Excellent 

-- 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

34 

23 

12 

Good 

55 

58 

76 

73 

Excellent 

10 

13 

12 

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