Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending July 7, 2019

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Published Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Winter wheat harvest was underway in southeastern counties last week, and harvest in a few other counties began in a limited manner, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Wheat harvest was behind last year and the average. Spring crop development achieved significant gains last week due to increased heat units. Scattered thunderstorms brought isolated rain and damaging hail last week to eastern counties. Hot and windy conditions elevated fire danger, especially in western counties. 

Northeastern county reporters noted isolated moisture was received and some areas received enough to delay fieldwork late in the week. Livestock were notably in good condition, although hot temperatures and wind last week were starting to dry out pastureland. Minor crop damaged was noted due to hail and high winds in areas. 

In the San Luis Valley, rain was limited last week. A reporter mentioned harvest of first cutting alfalfa was nearing completion and dry weather aided baling of the crop. Lack of recent moisture was a concern for rangeland condition going forward. 

In southeastern counties, a reporter noted enough rain was received to slow hay harvest. Rain and hail in several areas damaged some winter wheat acreage. 

Statewide, winter wheat was rated 81 percent good to excellent, compared to 52 percent last year. 

Stored feed supplies were rated 1 percent very short, 18 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus. 

Sheep death loss was 3 percent heavy, 55 percent average, and 42 percent light. 

Cattle death loss was 79 percent average and 21 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Alfalfa hay 

       

1st cutting harvested 

95 

85 

96 

95 

2nd cutting harvested 

16 

23 

21 

Barley 

       

Headed 

75 

44 

85 

83 

Turning color 

11 

12 

13 

Corn 

       

Silked 

NA 

Dry edible beans 

       

Planted 

98 

80 

NA 

NA 

Emerged 

89 

54 

88 

NA 

Blooming 

11 

NA 

17 

Proso millet 

       

Planted 

97 

94 

NA 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Planted 

98 

94 

100 

100 

Emerged 

85 

74 

96 

NA 

Sunflowers 

       

Planted 

93 

87 

98 

95 

Winter wheat 

       

Turning color 

90 

70 

97 

NA 

Mature 

51 

21 

78 

72 

Harvested 

10 

42 

30 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.0 

6.4 

6.5 

6.2 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

21 

10 

Short 

12 

24 

25 

Adequate 

80 

81 

53 

61 

Surplus. 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

18 

11 

Short 

18 

12 

25 

21 

Adequate 

76 

79 

57 

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 

15 

Fair 

27 

24 

Good 

69 

72 

45 

51 

Excellent 

17 

13 

15 

Barley 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

12 

Fair 

29 

18 

31 

19 

Good 

45 

58 

47 

53 

Excellent 

10 

20 

20 

26 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

14 

19 

23 

19 

Good 

67 

69 

65 

61 

Excellent 

18 

13 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

NA 

14 

Poor 

NA 

16 

Fair 

32 

NA 

19 

30 

Good 

53 

NA 

39 

53 

Excellent 

NA 

12 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

34 

18 

Good 

88 

94 

60 

67 

Excellent 

12 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

23 

Poor 

28 

14 

Fair 

18 

16 

25 

25 

Good 

60 

63 

23 

45 

Excellent 

17 

17 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

10 

Fair 

30 

23 

16 

18 

Good 

40 

56 

54 

55 

Excellent 

20 

18 

26 

22 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

18 

19 

Good 

65 

70 

74 

76 

Excellent 

15 

16 

14 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

10 

Fair 

12 

23 

15 

32 

Good 

74 

59 

70 

57 

Excellent 

12 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

17 

26 

20 

16 

Good 

65 

62 

57 

63 

Excellent 

17 

12 

14 

17 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

16 

13 

NA 

NA 

Good 

76 

83 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

NA 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

15 

12 

Fair 

15 

17 

29 

29 

Good 

47 

52 

49 

41 

Excellent 

34 

26 

10 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

12 

15 

16 

14 

Good 

67 

69 

72 

72 

Excellent 

19 

13 

10 

13