Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending August 25, 2019

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Published Monday, August 26, 2019

Barley harvest in the San Luis Valley was fully underway last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. 

Statewide, hot and mostly dry conditions prevailed, allowing producers sufficient time in the field and pushing crops toward maturity. 

Severe weather and isolated precipitation, heavy in areas, was confined to eastern districts.

In northeastern and eastern counties, reporters mentioned some areas received more moisture than others. A reporter noted pastures were in good condition where consistent moisture has been received. Reporters noted producer field activity focused on pre-harvest activities for spring crops and preparations for fall-seeded crops. 

Drier areas in the eastern districts remained a concern, especially for dryland crop and rangeland conditions.

Southwestern and western counties received no moisture last week and hot temperatures persisted. Fire danger was elevated due to dry and windy conditions.

In the San Luis Valley, barley harvest made significant gains last week amidst favorable weather. A reporter noted barley protein content was lower than normal due to the high amount of moisture received early in the season. Potato growers were also preparing for harvest. Rangeland and livestock were reportedly in good condition.

In southeastern counties, isolated moisture was reported, but it varied greatly by locality. A county reporter mentioned crops were progressing well but still remained behind normal for this time of year.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 3 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus.

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

Cattle death loss was 67 percent average and 33 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Alfalfa hay 

       

3rd cutting harvested 

41 

35 

54 

49 

4th cutting harvested 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Barley 

       

Harvested 

45 

15 

73 

56 

Corn 

       

Doughed 

56 

34 

76 

70 

Dented 

10 

23 

25 

Harvested for silage 

15 

Dry edible beans 

       

Blooming 

95 

89 

96 

NA 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested 

21 

17 

Sorghum 

       

Headed 

89 

81 

90 

86 

Turning color 

34 

30 

Winter wheat 

       

Planted 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

64 

61 

67 

63 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

11 

Short 

17 

15 

26 

24 

Adequate 

74 

78 

61 

66 

Surplus

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

17 

Short 

18 

16 

25 

24 

Adequate 

77 

77 

56 

66 

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 

17 

Fair 

10 

26 

24 

Good 

60 

70 

41 

52 

Excellent 

21 

16 

12 

Barley 

       

Very poor 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

23 

19 

NA 

NA 

Good 

50 

52 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

20 

22 

NA 

NA 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

11 

Fair 

14 

17 

20 

21 

Good 

59 

62 

57 

60 

Excellent 

25 

16 

13 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

11 

Poor 

23 

Fair 

29 

27 

31 

29 

Good 

58 

70 

30 

55 

Excellent 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

16 

18 

Good 

95 

98 

62 

62 

Excellent 

-- 

13 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

26 

Poor 

24 

15 

Fair 

20 

17 

23 

26 

Good 

64 

71 

24 

44 

Excellent 

10 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

30 

33 

16 

Good 

47 

44 

69 

58 

Excellent 

20 

18 

22 

20 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

17 

16 

13 

10 

Good 

67 

70 

59 

77 

Excellent 

14 

12 

23 

12 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

14 

Fair 

24 

21 

26 

29 

Good 

59 

65 

53 

55 

Excellent 

13 

11 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

11 

33 

16 

Good 

82 

86 

44 

64 

Excellent 

20 

17 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

20 

18 

26 

25 

Good 

66 

69 

64 

60 

Excellent 

14 

13 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

10 

18 

14 

Good 

78 

74 

68 

74 

Excellent 

14 

13 

10 

11 

 

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