Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending May 24, 2020

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Published Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Mostly warm and dry weather last week helped push crop development with emergence and growth picking up for several crops, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

In northeastern counties, needed moisture was received late last week. However, high winds continued to deplete topsoil moisture supplies. County reports noted some sugar beet acreage was replanted due to prior damage from wind. Failed acreage of winter wheat was also noted in areas, along with spotty corn emergence due to field crusting and cold temperatures.

East central counties received good moisture in some areas last week while others remained dry. Areas that received moisture reported short-term relief from drought conditions. Heavy concerns remained in dry areas for rangeland grass production and condition of non-irrigated crops.

In the San Luis Valley, another dry week was reported. Potato planting advanced quickly and was wrapping up for some producers. Reports noted while livestock were in mostly good condition, rangeland growth remained limited due to no moisture. Availability of early grazing was reduced.

In southeastern counties, severe weather produced isolated hail and heavy rain in areas. High winds were also reported and irrigation water supplies remained low. Corn that had emerged was reportedly in good condition. County reports noted some corn producers were not able to seed some acreage to corn due to continued dry conditions and low irrigation water supplies from diminished snowpack.

As of May 22, 2020, snowpack in Colorado was 62 percent measured as percent of median snowfall. The Southwest and San Luis Valley were 19 percent and 2 percent, respectively.

Drought remained a concern in southern Colorado, with extreme (D3) drought continuing to expand in parts of the state.

Stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 18 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 42 percent average and 58 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 

11 

13 

Barley 

       

Emerged 

95 

92 

92 

89 

Corn 

       

Planted 

91 

79 

69 

75 

Emerged 

61 

30 

21 

42 

Dry edible beans 

       

Planted 

Emerged 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Onions 

       

Planted 

80 

65 

87 

NA 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Planted 

95 

87 

88 

87 

Emerged 

13 

NA 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Planted 

93 

78 

88 

90 

Emerged 

60 

23 

38 

57 

Proso Millet 

       

Planted 

36 

16 

24 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Planted 

28 

20 

15 

Emerged 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Sugarbeets 

       

Planted 

91 

73 

NA 

NA 

Emerged 

46 

30 

73 

79 

Sunflowers 

       

Planted 

27 

18 

-- 

Winter wheat 

       

Jointed 

92 

77 

93 

94 

Headed 

46 

22 

39 

52 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.5 

6.0 

4.2 

4.3 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

22 

22 

Short 

39 

37 

10 

Adequate 

38 

40 

87 

76 

Surplus 

11 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

23 

22 

Short 

28 

29 

13 

13 

Adequate 

49 

48 

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 

Poor 

10 

10 

Fair 

26 

25 

12 

24 

Good 

50 

51 

63 

55 

Excellent 

15 

13 

Barley 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

29 

19 

16 

21 

Good 

49 

51 

63 

56 

Excellent 

19 

29 

20 

22 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

33 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Good 

54 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

22 

19 

Poor 

13 

13 

10 

Fair 

29 

30 

16 

22 

Good 

36 

38 

68 

52 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

12 

10 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

20 

22 

Poor 

19 

22 

10 

Fair 

29 

28 

21 

26 

Good 

29 

26 

62 

50 

Excellent 

13 

11 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

19 

20 

16 

14 

Good 

69 

66 

72 

72 

Excellent 

10 

12 

 

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