Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending July 26, 2020

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Published Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Hot and dry weather pushed winter wheat harvest to completion in several areas across the state last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Statewide, winter wheat harvest was 97 percent complete, compared to 76 percent last year and 88 percent on average.

In northeastern counties, winter wheat harvest continued and wrapped up in several areas. Isolated precipitation was received in some localities while others remained dry. County reports mentioned irrigated crops were progressing quickly, but concern was noted regarding continued irrigation water supplies through the end of the season. Non-irrigated crop and pasture conditions continued to decline where no moisture was received. County reports indicated non-irrigated spring crops were near the point of failure unless good moisture is received. Livestock producers continued to assess current conditions and seek alternate grazing arrangements due to limited native pasture growth and dormancy from drought.

In east central counties, hot and extremely dry weather persisted throughout most of the district. Isolated thunderstorms in eastern Yuma county July 23 and July 24 brought extremely heavy precipitation and flash flooding to areas. Conditions in areas without needed precipitation continued to steadily decline. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, extreme drought conditions continued to march north in the district.

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MAP Colorado Drought Conditions - July 21, 2020 - National Drought Mitigation Center
Colorado Drought Conditions - July 21, 2020. Courtesy National Drought Mitigation Center

Southwestern counties saw the benefit from recent precipitation as conditions improved for non-irrigated crops, specifically dry beans.

In the San Luis Valley, precipitation was received last week and delayed the second cutting of alfalfa. County reports noted upwards of 2 inches of rain was received over the last week. Isolated flooding was also reported. Barley was notably maturing quickly, and harvest was imminent.

In southeastern counties, isolated precipitation was also received. Recent rain greatly improved native pasture conditions and better growth was noted.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 20 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 64 percent average and 36 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 

       

2nd cutting harvested 

62 

45 

53 

61 

3rd cutting harvested 

Barley 

       

Turning color 

87 

26 

57 

60 

Corn 

       

Silked 

70 

35 

44 

47 

Doughed 

Dry edible beans 

       

Blooming 

41 

24 

38 

51 

Sorghum 

       

Emerged 

99 

94 

NA 

NA 

Headed 

21 

13 

20 

Winter wheat 

       

Harvested 

97 

92 

76 

88 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.5 

6.6 

6.3 

5.8 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

27 

34 

Short 

40 

37 

18 

23 

Adequate 

32 

29 

74 

68 

Surplus. 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

31 

32 

Short 

39 

42 

17 

21 

Adequate 

29 

26 

76 

71 

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 

11 

Fair 

17 

25 

21 

Good 

56 

53 

67 

56 

Excellent 

10 

19 

14 

Barley 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

18 

22 

17 

19 

Good 

60 

51 

51 

54 

Excellent 

21 

26 

25 

26 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

11 

-- 

Poor 

17 

14 

Fair 

31 

36 

19 

20 

Good 

34 

36 

70 

62 

Excellent 

10 

12 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

17 

-- 

Poor 

20 

20 

Fair 

32 

33 

19 

22 

Good 

43 

29 

74 

59 

Excellent 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

23 

30 

11 

15 

Good 

64 

59 

85 

67 

Excellent 

15 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

15 

24 

Poor 

25 

24 

11 

Fair 

35 

32 

21 

25 

Good 

24 

20 

64 

49 

Excellent 

-- 

10 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

11 

34 

19 

Good 

58 

65 

44 

55 

Excellent 

27 

28 

18 

23 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

23 

20 

17 

Good 

57 

54 

68 

74 

Excellent 

12 

20 

14 

16 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

20 

21 

Fair 

45 

48 

24 

27 

Good 

21 

19 

69 

60 

Excellent 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

13 

-- 

Fair 

25 

27 

14 

14 

Good 

54 

47 

78 

66 

Excellent 

10 

10 

17 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

24 

12 

-- 

Fair 

56 

57 

20 

24 

Good 

15 

25 

76 

66 

Excellent 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

23 

22 

11 

12 

Good 

58 

59 

72 

74 

Excellent 

10 

15 

12 

 

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