Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending June 14, 2020

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Published Friday, June 19, 2020

Mixed weather throughout Colorado kept a few producers out of the field last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Northwestern counties received rain and snow which greatly benefitted soil moisture supplies and rangeland conditions. Northeastern counties received measurable precipitation early last week. The moisture boosted supplies for flood irrigation in areas and also provided a slight reprieve to dry conditions. Isolated severe weather and damaging hail was reported in areas. Hot and dry weather later in the week continued to be a concern for non-irrigated crops and pasture conditions. Winter wheat continued to show signs of stress including uneven growth and early coloring in areas.

In east central counties, isolated moisture was received, but conditions remained very dry and high winds were noted. In Akron and other localities to the northeast, severe weather brought winds in excess of 100 miles per hour, causing significant damage to structures and crops in the area. Isolated and damaging hail was also reported.

The San Luis Valley saw cold temperatures early in the week which hurt the alfalfa crop. County reports noted barley and potatoes were not affected by the cold. Reports also noted that the effects of a prior hailstorm could be seen in alfalfa, potatoes, and barley last week. Damage was isolated yet severe in areas. Conditions remained very dry.

In southeastern counties, slight precipitation was received last week. Conditions remained very dry and fire danger was elevated.

Stored feed supplies were rated 9 percent very short, 18 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 63 percent average and 37 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 94 percent average and 6 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 

63 

44 

50 

48 

Barley 

       

Headed 

-- 

12 

Dry edible beans 

       

Planted 

75 

56 

33 

53 

Emerged 

31 

17 

10 

27 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Emerged 

81 

60 

58 

69 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Emerged 

96 

93 

92 

94 

Proso Millet 

       

Planted 

87 

79 

68 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Planted 

68 

56 

72 

68 

Emerged 

42 

20 

28 

34 

Sugarbeets 

       

Emerged 

98 

93 

94 

NA 

Sunflowers 

       

Planted 

78 

51 

54 

46 

Winter wheat 

       

Headed 

92 

86 

89 

95 

Turning color 

32 

10 

15 

36 

Mature 

NA 

-- 

 DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION 

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

5.9 

6.6 

6.4 

6.2 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

20 

23 

Short. 

55 

40 

11 

17 

Adequate 

25 

37 

85 

72 

Surplus. 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

21 

22 

Short. 

50 

34 

14 

15 

Adequate 

29 

44 

81 

77 

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 

11 

Poor. 

16 

10 

Fair. 

28 

28 

22 

Good. 

41 

48 

63 

55 

Excellent 

21 

14 

Barley 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor. 

Fair. 

27 

28 

15 

19 

Good. 

48 

51 

47 

52 

Excellent 

19 

20 

35 

28 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor. 

Fair. 

65 

36 

18 

20 

Good. 

22 

43 

68 

66 

Excellent 

10 

11 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor. 

-- 

Fair. 

26 

27 

15 

Good. 

65 

62 

86 

71 

Excellent 

10 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

27 

23 

Poor. 

13 

16 

10 

Fair. 

26 

29 

15 

21 

Good. 

34 

32 

67 

52 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

15 

12 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

NA 

Poor. 

10 

NA 

Fair. 

18 

25 

30 

NA 

Good. 

53 

45 

40 

NA 

Excellent 

26 

25 

20 

NA 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor. 

-- 

-- 

Fair. 

21 

21 

19 

12 

Good. 

62 

62 

73 

71 

Excellent 

12 

12 

17 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

NA 

NA 

Poor. 

NA 

NA 

Fair. 

53 

43 

NA 

NA 

Good. 

34 

39 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

NA 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor. 

Fair. 

28 

28 

39 

21 

Good. 

48 

51 

48 

63 

Excellent 

13 

13 

12 

14 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

16 

17 

Poor. 

22 

21 

12 

Fair. 

31 

30 

16 

27 

Good. 

29 

30 

55 

44 

Excellent 

24 

13 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor. 

Fair. 

22 

22 

20 

14 

Good. 

54 

62 

62 

71 

Excellent 

16 

10 

13 

13 

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