Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending June 28, 2020

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Published Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Received moisture was mostly confined to eastern districts last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Statewide, winter wheat harvested was 15 percent complete, compared to 1 percent last year and 5 percent on average.

In northeastern counties, dry and hot conditions remained a concern for non-irrigated crop producers and livestock producers. Pasture conditions continued to deteriorate without significant moisture. Isolated rain and severe weather were noted last week in areas. A few reports of hail damage to corn were received. Winter wheat was notably maturing quickly, and harvest began in limited fashion. Concerns for lower yields in areas were noted.

Portions of east central counties received much needed precipitation with locally heavy rainfall, with over 1 inch reported in areas late last week. However, severe and extreme drought conditions persisted. Lightning-induced fires were also reported. Winter wheat harvest began in the district where conditions allowed. County reports noted yields thus far were varied and depended upon moisture received during the season and conditions in areas most heavily affected by drought. A county report noted very hot temperatures restricted crop development in areas.

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MAP Colorado Drought Conditions - June 23, 2020 - National Drought Mitigation Center
Colorado Drought Conditions - June 23, 2020. Courtesy National Drought Mitigation Center

Southwestern counties remained dry and detrimental drought conditions persisted. According to the CoAgMET station network, localities in southwestern counties have experienced up to 88 days since receiving 0.25 inches of rain, as of June 28.

In the San Luis Valley, conditions remained very dry and warmer than normal. County reports noted the first cutting of alfalfa progressed quickly last week and quality was very good. Insect presence was noted but thus far no crop damage occurred. Barley and potatoes were notably doing well. Summer pasture and range were in mostly fair condition and so far supporting livestock moved to summer grazing. More moisture is needed to maintain stock throughout the entire summer.

In southeastern counties, winter wheat harvest picked up last week. Although isolated moisture was received, the district remained in extreme drought.

Stored feed supplies were rated 2 percent very short, 16 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 65 percent average and 35 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 81 percent average and 19 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 

89 

75 

80 

85 

2nd cutting harvested 

NA 

NA 

Barley 

       

Headed 

62 

23 

36 

57 

Turning color 

-- 

NA 

NA 

Dry edible beans 

       

Planted 

98 

93 

73 

NA 

Emerged 

75 

51 

44 

68 

Sorghum 

       

Planted 

96 

87 

93 

96 

Emerged 

77 

55 

69 

80 

Sunflowers 

       

Planted 

94 

86 

82 

86 

Winter wheat 

       

Turning color 

92 

63 

63 

85 

Mature 

43 

17 

15 

36 

Harvested 

15 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.6 

6.3 

6.4 

6.2 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

28 

25 

Short 

41 

49 

16 

Adequate 

31 

26 

81 

74 

Surplus. 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

27 

24 

Short 

43 

46 

12 

16 

Adequate 

30 

30 

79 

76 

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 

10 

Poor 

12 

Fair 

27 

28 

23 

Good 

52 

44 

72 

55 

Excellent 

13 

12 

Barley 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

24 

31 

18 

22 

Good 

51 

46 

58 

52 

Excellent 

20 

13 

20 

25 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

14 

15 

Fair 

39 

47 

19 

18 

Good 

40 

28 

69 

64 

Excellent 

13 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

14 

18 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

32 

49 

NA 

NA 

Good 

37 

28 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

NA 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

27 

26 

17 

Good 

63 

65 

94 

70 

Excellent 

10 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

21 

32 

Poor 

18 

16 

11 

Fair 

33 

26 

16 

22 

Good 

28 

26 

63 

51 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

17 

11 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

18 

27 

23 

22 

Good 

55 

49 

56 

53 

Excellent 

24 

19 

18 

22 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

21 

21 

19 

10 

Good 

63 

62 

70 

71 

Excellent 

11 

12 

17 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

Fair 

53 

62 

23 

23 

Good 

36 

28 

59 

68 

Excellent 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

11 

-- 

Fair 

25 

28 

26 

19 

Good 

49 

48 

62 

64 

Excellent 

14 

10 

12 

15 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

NA 

-- 

NA 

Poor 

12 

NA 

-- 

NA 

Fair 

41 

NA 

13 

NA 

Good 

43 

NA 

83 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

NA 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

18 

14 

Poor 

21 

23 

12 

Fair 

31 

34 

17 

28 

Good 

27 

27 

52 

43 

Excellent 

26 

14 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

19 

25 

15 

14 

Good 

69 

60 

69 

72 

Excellent 

13 

12 

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