Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending August 30, 2020

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Published Friday, September 4, 2020

Crops continued to mature quickly and barley harvest made good progress last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Northwestern counties received isolated moisture, but overall pasture conditions continued to suffer from lack of consistent precipitation and hot weather.

In northeastern counties, scattered precipitation and cooler temperatures brought short-term relief in areas. Overall, conditions remained very dry. County reports noted increased incidence of non-irrigated crop failure as well as supplemental feeding of livestock. Livestock producers were selling calves early and continued to pull stock off summer grazing. Crop producers were preparing for corn silage and sugarbeet harvest.

In east central counties, some localities received precipitation last week. Most areas remained hot, dry, and windy. County reports noted condition of non-irrigated corn varied widely in the district. Livestock producers were providing supplemental feed in the absence of native grass. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, exceptional drought conditions were present in Kiowa county. Local reports noted increased crop abandonment was expected in the county and producers were very concerned regarding the lack of moisture for seeding winter wheat.

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MAP Colorado Drought Conditions - September 1, 2020 - National Drought Mitigation Center
Colorado Drought Conditions - September 1, 2020. Courtesy National Drought Mitigation Center

In the San Luis Valley, barley harvest advanced quickly although isolated moisture late in the week caused a few delays. Received moisture will benefit pastures, but more is needed.

In southeastern counties, scattered rain was received. A county report noted corn in the area had problems pollinating due to extreme heat.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 11 percent very short, 33 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.

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

Cattle death loss was 89 percent average and 11 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 

54 

42 

48 

55 

4th cutting harvested 

NA 

NA 

Barley 

       

Harvested 

84 

61 

71 

69 

Corn 

       

Doughed 

86 

70 

67 

78 

Dented 

39 

23 

19 

37 

Mature 

-- 

Harvested for silage 

14 

13 

Dry edible beans 

       

Cut 

10 

Onions 

       

Harvested 

17 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested 

13 

13 

22 

Proso Millet 

       

Harvested 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Headed 

91 

86 

92 

92 

Turning color 

39 

16 

16 

37 

Mature 

-- 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.6 

6.9 

6.6 

6.6 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

46 

39 

Short 

36 

44 

24 

25 

Adequate 

18 

17 

68 

68 

Surplus. 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

43 

43 

Short 

39 

42 

22 

23 

Adequate 

18 

15 

70 

69 

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 

10 

Poor 

12 

18 

Fair 

28 

20 

20 

Good 

43 

45 

76 

61 

Excellent 

10 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

26 

19 

-- 

Poor 

18 

18 

Fair 

25 

24 

15 

22 

Good 

27 

32 

64 

60 

Excellent 

19 

12 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

23 

22 

Fair 

41 

41 

19 

24 

Good 

32 

33 

63 

58 

Excellent 

12 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

24 

24 

12 

Good 

62 

62 

98 

72 

Excellent 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

26 

22 

Poor 

31 

42 

12 

Fair 

36 

27 

18 

23 

Good 

66 

51 

Excellent 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

20 

17 

30 

17 

Good 

50 

53 

47 

56 

Excellent 

22 

23 

20 

23 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

20 

23 

16 

10 

Good 

60 

56 

69 

76 

Excellent 

15 

12 

13 

13 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

20 

16 

Poor 

23 

26 

Fair 

40 

45 

14 

23 

Good 

15 

69 

64 

Excellent 

13 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

11 

Fair 

24 

24 

10 

13 

Good 

48 

52 

82 

71 

Excellent 

10 

14 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

33 

28 

Fair 

43 

46 

11 

22 

Good 

16 

19 

76 

68 

Excellent 

-- 

12 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

32 

35 

11 

Good 

47 

46 

82 

78 

Excellent 

10 

10 

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