Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending June 19, 2022

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Published Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Higher than normal temperatures across most of the state pushed fieldwork and crop advancement last week while depleting soil moisture supplies in areas, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 82 percent of the State is under drought conditions, down 2 percentage points from last week. Forty-three percent of the State is experiencing severe to exceptional drought conditions, unchanged from last week. Extreme drought conditions are affecting 16 percent of the State, up 4 percentage points from last week.

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MAP Colorado Drought Conditions - June 14, 2022 - National Drought Mitigation Center
Colorado Drought Conditions - June 14, 2022 - National Drought Mitigation Center

Northeastern and east central counties continue to face strong winds, high temperatures, and little moisture. Above average temperatures were recognized, with some areas seeing temperatures ten degrees above average.

The Southwestern counties received notable and very needed rains last week, with some areas receiving a few inches of moisture. A reporter noted that relentless windy conditions continue to affect crop conditions.

In the San Luis Valley, rainstorms last week provided some short-term relief to emerging crops and rangeland. Potato emergence continued to make significant progress last week, jumping ahead of the 5-year average emergence pace. County reports noted barley is heading in many fields and alfalfa harvest had begun prior to the rain.

The southeastern counties were primarily dry last week with little measurable moisture received. Exceptional drought conditions lessened in Baca County.

As of June 19, 2022, snowpack in Colorado was 94 percent measured as percent of median snowfall, up 36 percentage points from the previous week.

Stored feed supplies were rated 2 percent very short, 23 percent short, and 75 percent adequate.

Sheep death loss was 77 percent average and 23 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 90 percent average and 10 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 

50 

32 

75 

68 

Barley 

       

Headed 

20 

16 

22 

Corn 

       

Emerged 

97 

84 

97 

96 

Dry edible beans 

       

Planted 

60 

40 

89 

74 

Emerged 

30 

10 

47 

42 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

       

Emerged 

88 

64 

74 

83 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

       

Emerged 

97 

85 

97 

NA 

Proso millet 

       

Planted 

61 

43 

77 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Planted 

74 

53 

86 

83 

Emerged 

39 

12 

39 

49 

Sunflowers 

       

Planted 

67 

47 

81 

73 

Winter wheat 

       

Headed 

98 

90 

96 

96 

Turning color 

48 

18 

42 

53 

Mature 

NA 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.6 

5.9 

6.5 

5.9 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

34 

21 

10 

Short 

41 

34 

20 

22 

Adequate 

25 

45 

75 

64 

Surplus 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

37 

37 

10 

Short 

40 

39 

26 

24 

Adequate 

23 

24 

69 

64 

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 

10 

Fair 

41 

36 

21 

24 

Good 

43 

48 

51 

50 

Excellent 

20 

11 

Barley 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

12 

Fair 

29 

31 

44 

29 

Good 

43 

41 

27 

44 

Excellent 

19 

18 

17 

20 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

40 

40 

19 

24 

Good 

33 

40 

53 

56 

Excellent 

16 

25 

12 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

29 

30 

42 

22 

Good 

60 

60 

46 

67 

Excellent 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

23 

23 

-- 

12 

Poor 

25 

24 

16 

13 

Fair 

22 

21 

32 

23 

Good 

28 

30 

35 

42 

Excellent 

17 

10 

Potatoes inside the San Luis Valley 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

10 

Fair 

20 

21 

30 

24 

Good 

53 

53 

45 

51 

Excellent 

20 

18 

15 

20 

Potatoes outside the San Luis Valley 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

15 

15 

33 

21 

Good 

72 

70 

55 

62 

Excellent 

10 

13 

10 

14 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

50 

40 

42 

31 

Good 

44 

59 

49 

60 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

36 

36 

25 

25 

Good 

36 

43 

58 

55 

Excellent 

28 

21 

17 

14 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

29 

28 

Poor 

25 

22 

13 

Fair 

32 

29 

27 

29 

Good 

14 

20 

46 

39 

Excellent 

-- 

14 

13 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

23 

24 

17 

19 

Good 

61 

59 

63 

65 

Excellent 

13 

11 

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