Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending November 22, 2020

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Published Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Conditions remained warm and dry last week as fall fieldwork wrapped up, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. 

Eastern counties received virtually no moisture. Baling of corn stalks continued in areas. Winter wheat emergence and condition continued to struggle due to dry and windy weather. County reports noted wheat stands were uneven. Livestock producers continued herd reductions and were providing supplemental feed. A county report noted more producers were seeking alternate grazing arrangements due to a shortage of native grass.

Western counties received little moisture, although a little snowfall was noted at higher elevations.

In the San Luis Valley, pasture condition continued to decline and conditions were very dry. More livestock were receiving supplemental feed in the area.

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MAP Colorado Drought Conditions - November 17, 2020 - National Drought Mitigation Center
Colorado Drought Conditions - November 17, 2020. Courtesy National Drought Mitigation Center

According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, 74 percent of the state was experiencing extreme to exceptional drought (D3 to D4).

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 6 percent very short, 32 percent short, 54 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 82 percent average and 18 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 94 percent average and 6 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Winter wheat 

       

Emerged 

94 

92 

93 

97 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.8 

6.3 

5.6 

5.6 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

50 

45 

14 

Short 

37 

37 

28 

27 

Adequate 

13 

18 

58 

62 

Surplus. 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

45 

40 

12 

Short 

40 

42 

25 

28 

Adequate 

15 

18 

61 

62 

Surplus. 

-- 

-- 

CROP, LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE CONDITION

Commodity 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

33 

38 

Poor 

37 

29 

16 

Fair 

24 

25 

27 

30 

Good 

58 

42 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

19 

12 

Poor 

24 

20 

Fair 

40 

43 

23 

33 

Good 

16 

24 

50 

47 

Excellent 

15 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

31 

38 

11 

Good 

52 

47 

74 

78 

Excellent 

13 

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