Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending November 7, 2021

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Published Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Another dry week allowed harvest to continue, and several crops were almost complete by week's end, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

In northwestern counties, recent moisture helped alleviate exceptional drought conditions according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report. The district remained in mostly severe to extreme drought and feed supplies were rated short to adequate. In northeastern and east central counties, very isolated moisture was noted, but anything significant was limited to higher elevation areas. Corn harvest was nearly complete in some counties and sunflower harvest ramped up last week. Spotty emergence of winter wheat remained a primary concern due to dry conditions. Pasture and range conditions continued to deteriorate due to lack of moisture. Weaning activities were almost complete for area livestock producers.

In southwestern counties, light moisture was received, and corn harvest continued where conditions allowed.

Southeastern counties received no measurable moisture last week. County reports noted some winter wheat in the area will not emerge without significant precipitation moving forward.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 10 percent very short, 27 percent short, 54 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 84 percent average and 16 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 67 percent average and 33 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Alfalfa hay 

       

4th cutting harvested 

94 

88 

95 

NA 

Corn 

       

Harvested for grain 

85 

68 

92 

76 

Sorghum 

       

Harvested 

90 

78 

88 

77 

Sugarbeets 

       

Harvested 

98 

94 

NA 

NA 

Sunflowers 

       

Harvested 

61 

52 

93 

76 

Winter wheat 

       

Emerged 

84 

74 

91 

91 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.8 

6.4 

6.8 

6.1 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

33 

28 

47 

17 

Short 

32 

38 

33 

28 

Adequate 

35 

34 

20 

54 

Surplus. 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

33 

29 

45 

18 

Short 

32 

31 

37 

31 

Adequate 

35 

40 

18 

50 

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 

19 

16 

45 

17 

Poor 

24 

20 

25 

17 

Fair 

27 

28 

23 

27 

Good 

19 

28 

34 

Excellent 

11 

-- 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

12 

10 

10 

Poor 

20 

17 

18 

10 

Fair 

33 

32 

48 

32 

Good 

27 

36 

24 

44 

Excellent 

-- 

11 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

Fair 

25 

22 

45 

20 

Good 

44 

49 

43 

67 

Excellent 

16 

16 

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