Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending November 24, 2019

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Published Thursday, November 28, 2019

Most producers wrapped up fall harvest last week where conditions allowed, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

In eastern counties, rain and snow kept producers out of the field for a day or two last week, but harvest progress was made overall. Concerns remained in these areas regarding short soil moisture supplies and rangeland conditions heading into winter due to lack of received moisture.

Southwestern counties received rain and snow in areas last week, but severe drought conditions remained and a county reporter noted much more moisture was needed for recovery.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 2 percent heavy, 64 percent average, and 34 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 70 percent average and 30 percent light.

Note: Weekly crop progress and condition reports will resume in March. Monthly reports will be issued for December, January and February.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Alfalfa hay 

       

4th cutting harvested 

95 

90 

93 

NA 

Corn 

       

Harvested for grain 

96 

92 

96 

94 

Sorghum 

       

Harvested 

99 

95 

80 

91 

Sunflowers 

       

Harvested 

97 

92 

81 

90 

Winter wheat 

       

Emerged 

94 

91 

98 

99 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

5.6 

6.1 

5.7 

NA 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

14 

14 

NA 

Short 

28 

30 

18 

NA 

Adequate 

58 

56 

78 

NA 

Surplus. 

-- 

-- 

NA 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

12 

NA 

Short 

25 

31 

25 

NA 

Adequate 

61 

58 

68 

NA 

Surplus. 

NA 

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 

20 

NA 

Poor 

25 

NA 

Fair 

27 

31 

26 

NA 

Good 

58 

53 

27 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

NA 

Poor 

11 

NA 

Fair 

23 

28 

34 

NA 

Good 

50 

51 

49 

NA 

Excellent 

15 

13 

NA 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

NA 

Poor 

NA 

Fair 

14 

NA 

Good 

74 

77 

78 

NA 

Excellent 

13 

13 

NA 

 

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