Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending May 3, 2020

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Published Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Warm and dry weather was favorable for spring planting progress last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Northeastern counties received measurable precipitation in areas which was very welcome. Isolated small hail was also reported. Late-week moisture benefitted winter wheat, but livestock producers remained very concerned regarding dry pasture conditions. Livestock were being moved to summer pasture, but in some instances stocking rates were reduced.

East central counties also received isolated moisture. Areas near Akron received upwards of one inch of rain and marble-sized hail, according to local reports. Other areas received less moisture or none at all. Corn planting progressed amidst good weather last week. Livestock producers continued spring processing activities, but native pastures were in great need of moisture and cattle producers were waiting to move their stock to summer pasture. Winter wheat condition and progress in areas reflected the limited moisture received. Fire danger due to hot windy weather was notably elevated.

In the San Luis Valley, conditions remained very dry. Pasture conditions declined due to lack of received moisture. Potato planting advanced rapidly and barley emergence really picked up due to warm conditions and irrigated center pivot operations. A report noted there was some surplus hay supply in the area.

Southeastern counties remained very dry. Hot temperatures and high winds elevated fire danger; a grass fire in Bent county was reported late in the week. Irrigation water supplies remained slow and producers were notably treating the alfalfa crop for weevils.

According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, all southern counties and areas in east central Colorado were experiencing severe drought (D2).

As of May 1, 2020, snowpack in Colorado was 91 percent measured as percent of median snowfall. The Southwest and San Luis Valley were 70 percent and 52 percent, respectively.

Stored feed supplies were rated 4 percent very short, 17 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 50 percent average and 50 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 78 percent average and 22 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Barley 

       

Planted 

91 

77 

84 

82 

Emerged 

59 

28 

44 

41 

Corn 

       

Planted 

33 

17 

17 

21 

Onions 

       

Planted 

42 

25 

50 

76 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Planted 

50 

21 

25 

22 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Planted 

29 

13 

40 

63 

Sugarbeets 

       

Planted 

39 

18 

76 

71 

Emerged 

-- 

22 

18 

Winter wheat 

       

Jointed 

57 

41 

49 

58 

Headed 

-- 

Cattle and calves 

       

Cows calved 

93 

90 

89 

92 

Sheep and lambs 

       

Ewes lambed 

97 

94 

95 

92 

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 

6.1 

5.2 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

18 

16 

Short 

31 

31 

10 

15 

Adequate 

51 

52 

87 

75 

Surplus 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

12 

13 

Short 

26 

21 

20 

Adequate 

62 

65 

89 

71 

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 

-- 

-- 

-- 

NA 

Poor 

NA 

Fair 

22 

21 

12 

NA 

Good 

67 

70 

74 

NA 

Excellent 

12 

NA 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

11 

Poor 

15 

12 

14 

Fair 

31 

28 

21 

31 

Good 

42 

52 

67 

45 

Excellent 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

16 

15 

-- 

Poor 

18 

19 

10 

Fair 

28 

29 

25 

30 

Good 

35 

35 

59 

48 

Excellent 

14 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

20 

21 

24 

18 

Good 

67 

65 

63 

72 

Excellent 

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