Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending October 2, 2022

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Published Tuesday, October 4, 2022

Precipitation was mostly confined to western counties last week as fieldwork and harvest continued, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor for September 27, over 45 percent of the State was categorized in moderate drought or worse, down from the previous week. More than 15 percent of the State is experiencing severe to exceptional drought conditions, down two percentage points from last week. The exceptional drought conditions noted across portions of Phillips and Sedgwick Counties accounted for less than one percent of the State, unchanged from last week.

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MAP Colorado Drought Conditions - September 27, 2022 - National Drought Mitigation Center
Colorado Drought Conditions - September 27, 2022 - National Drought Mitigation Center

Above average temperatures last week quickly dried up any moisture that was received in the eastern part of the State, with most counties experiencing temperatures more than six degrees above average.

Southwestern counties received another week of helpful moisture, with areas of Garfield and Mesa Counties getting over one inch of rain last week. Proso millet harvest continues in the northeastern portion of the state, with 79 percent of the crop harvested, significantly behind the previous year at 88 percent.

Potato harvest in the San Luis Valley continues to progress well, but behind the 5-year average. Reporters note that crops and pastures are maturing amongst the cooler weather in the area.

Fourth cutting of alfalfa is progressing well in the northeastern and southwestern portions of the State, tracking with the 5-year average.

Statewide, growers had sown 65 percent of the 2023 winter wheat crop, compared with 74 percent last year and a 5-year average of 71 percent.

Corn for silage harvest is wrapping up, with 90 percent of the crop harvested, behind the previous year of 98 percent. The corn crop matured quickly and corn for grain harvest progressed slowly last week, behind the previous year of 21 percent and the 5-year average of 16 percent.

Stored feed supplies were rated 10 percent very short, 23 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 98 percent average and 2 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 1 percent heavy, 87 percent average and 12 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Alfalfa Hay 

       

3rd cutting harvested 

91 

86 

91 

93 

4th cutting harvested 

40 

30 

38 

40 

Corn 

       

Dented 

95 

85 

99 

97 

Mature 

62 

40 

65 

58 

Harvested for grain 

21 

16 

Harvested for silage 

90 

82 

98 

NA 

Dry edible beans 

       

Cut 

87 

70 

84 

79 

Harvested 

45 

30 

41 

48 

Onions 

       

Harvested 

85 

69 

91 

80 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

       

Harvested 

51 

31 

56 

63 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

       

Harvested 

85 

70 

86 

73 

Proso millet 

       

Harvested 

79 

60 

88 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Mature 

54 

42 

70 

50 

Harvested 

10 

13 

10 

Sugarbeets 

       

Harvested 

25 

18 

38 

24 

Sunflowers 

       

Harvested 

-- 

-- 

Winter wheat 

       

Planted 

65 

48 

74 

71 

Emerged 

31 

20 

35 

37 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

5.9 

5.3 

6.7 

6.1 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

23 

25 

29 

18 

Short 

41 

42 

41 

34 

Adequate 

35 

32 

30 

46 

Surplus 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

35 

41 

33 

19 

Short 

33 

33 

35 

32 

Adequate 

32 

26 

32 

48 

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 

Poor 

10 

10 

12 

Fair 

25 

34 

24 

22 

Good 

53 

49 

54 

55 

Excellent 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

14 

22 

13 

Poor 

17 

23 

17 

13 

Fair 

38 

30 

20 

25 

Good 

27 

22 

42 

48 

Excellent 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

NA 

Poor 

10 

10 

10 

NA 

Fair 

20 

19 

40 

NA 

Good 

33 

34 

33 

NA 

Excellent 

32 

31 

17 

NA 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

11 

14 

15 

14 

Poor 

21 

35 

23 

24 

Fair 

32 

25 

26 

26 

Good 

31 

22 

24 

29 

Excellent 

12 

Potatoes inside the San Luis Valley 

       

Very poor 

NA 

Poor 

10 

10 

16 

NA 

Fair 

25 

25 

28 

NA 

Good 

45 

45 

37 

NA 

Excellent 

15 

15 

15 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

11 

10 

11 

10 

Fair 

41 

36 

19 

29 

Good 

35 

48 

47 

47 

Excellent 

-- 

15 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

50 

55 

25 

23 

Good 

50 

40 

50 

56 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

25 

16 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

10 

Fair 

50 

45 

33 

35 

Good 

36 

34 

50 

50 

Excellent 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

Fair 

12 

18 

24 

22 

Good 

50 

42 

53 

64 

Excellent 

35 

36 

13 

10 

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