Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending November 8, 2020

PROMO 64S Agriculture - Stats Statistics Tablet Symbols Farm Ranch - iStock - monkeybusinessimages
Published Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Mostly dry weather allowed harvest to near completion for several crops last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. 

Western counties received rain and snow in areas over the weekend. Eastern counties received little or no moisture.

In northeastern counties, conditions were ideal for harvest and fieldwork. Sugarbeet harvest was virtually complete and corn harvest concluded in some localities. Livestock producers continued to provide supplemental feed and utilize corn stalks where available. A county report noted producers were baling some corn stalks post-harvest and feed supplies remained tight.

In east central counties, conditions remained extremely dry and harvest progress continued. County reports note moisture is needed to aid winter wheat emergence.

Southwestern counties continued to experience exceptional drought conditions, although received moisture was welcome. Corn harvest continued to advance throughout the district.

In the San Luis Valley, county reports noted pasture and rangeland was very dry and grass was short. Hay supplies were notably good with many loads shipping out of the Valley.

In Southeastern counties, dry weather aided harvest progress. County reports noted some producers were chiseling winter wheat and moisture was greatly needed to sustain the crop.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 18 percent very short, 23 percent short, 54 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus.

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

Cattle death loss was 84 percent average and 16 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 

96 

90 

78 

NA 

Corn 

       

Harvested for grain 

93 

84 

78 

73 

Sorghum 

       

Harvested 

90 

78 

87 

73 

Sunflowers 

       

Harvested 

94 

90 

82 

75 

Winter wheat 

       

Emerged 

91 

89 

87 

92 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.8 

4.8 

4.9 

5.8 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

47 

44 

12 

Short 

33 

38 

30 

27 

Adequate 

20 

18 

58 

62 

Surplus 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

45 

40 

11 

10 

Short 

37 

37 

28 

30 

Adequate 

18 

23 

60 

59 

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 

45 

42 

Poor 

25 

25 

11 

15 

Fair 

23 

26 

37 

30 

Good 

44 

41 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

10 

10 

Poor 

18 

18 

Fair 

48 

47 

21 

31 

Good 

24 

25 

50 

47 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

21 

12 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

Fair 

45 

44 

13 

Good 

43 

41 

73 

73 

Excellent 

14 

11 

KiowaCountyPress.net may earn an affiliate commission if you purchase products or services through links in an article. Prices, when displayed, are accurate at the time of publication but may change over time. Commissions do not influence editorial independence.

The Kiowa County Press is an independent newspaper published in Eads, Kiowa County, Colorado, and to the world at KiowaCountyPress.net.