Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending June 27, 2021

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Published Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Cooler temperatures and isolated moisture in areas ended an otherwise warm week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

In northeastern and east central counties, warm weather pushed crop development and maturity. Producers were actively irrigating spring crops. Winter wheat maturity advanced but problems due to wheat stem sawfly infestations were noted. Pasture and rangeland remained in good condition.

Southwestern counties received isolated precipitation last week which was heavy enough in areas to cause flash flooding. Drought conditions still persisted, and fire activity was high.

In the San Luis Valley, alfalfa harvest continued to progress quickly with some delays noted due to rain. Some shipments of first cutting alfalfa were shipped to areas where feed supplies are short. Barley and potatoes were doing well, but damage to both crops from prior hail was significant in areas.

In southeastern counties, county reports noted limited winter wheat harvest began. The weather was hot and dry with very isolated moisture received.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 7 percent very short, 21 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus. Sheep death loss was 83 percent average and 17 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 64 percent average and 36 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 

88 

79 

87 

85 

2nd cutting harvested 

NA 

Barley 

       

Headed 

62 

18 

56 

54 

Dry edible beans 

       

Planted 

98 

92 

97 

NA 

Emerged 

77 

50 

72 

68 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

       

Emerged 

96 

75 

NA 

NA 

Proso millet 

       

Planted 

92 

81 

NA 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Planted 

95 

89 

95 

96 

Emerged 

69 

41 

74 

76 

Sunflowers 

       

Planted 

92 

83 

93 

86 

Winter wheat 

       

Turning color 

85 

47 

88 

83 

Mature 

17 

39 

36 

Harvested 

-- 

14 

 DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION 

 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

Days suitable for fieldwork 

5.8 

6.5 

6.6 

6.2 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

28 

11 

Short 

21 

20 

41 

22 

Adequate 

72 

75 

31 

63 

Surplus. 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

27 

10 

Short 

26 

26 

43 

22 

Adequate 

67 

69 

30 

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 

Fair 

22 

21 

27 

22 

Good 

47 

51 

52 

56 

Excellent 

22 

20 

11 

Barley 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

11 

12 

Fair 

36 

44 

24 

23 

Good 

33 

27 

51 

51 

Excellent 

17 

17 

20 

24 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

14 

Fair 

13 

19 

39 

21 

Good 

53 

53 

40 

61 

Excellent 

33 

25 

11 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

NA 

14 

NA 

Fair 

37 

NA 

32 

NA 

Good 

30 

NA 

37 

NA 

Excellent 

24 

NA 

NA 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

42 

42 

27 

18 

Good 

46 

46 

63 

72 

Excellent 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

-- 

21 

Poor 

14 

16 

18 

12 

Fair 

33 

32 

33 

24 

Good 

34 

35 

28 

47 

Excellent 

18 

17 

-- 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

10 

10 

Fair 

24 

30 

18 

20 

Good 

43 

45 

55 

52 

Excellent 

23 

15 

24 

25 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

33 

33 

21 

13 

Good 

55 

55 

63 

70 

Excellent 

10 

10 

11 

15 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

48 

42 

53 

29 

Good 

30 

49 

36 

61 

Excellent 

22 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

25 

25 

25 

21 

Good 

53 

58 

49 

60 

Excellent 

22 

17 

14 

14 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

NA 

12 

NA 

Fair 

40 

NA 

41 

NA 

Good 

48 

NA 

43 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

NA 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

18 

Poor 

12 

21 

13 

Fair 

27 

27 

31 

28 

Good 

44 

46 

27 

40 

Excellent 

15 

14 

13 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

18 

17 

19 

16 

Good 

62 

63 

69 

70 

Excellent 

14 

13 

11 

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