Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending October 24, 2021

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Published Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Harvest activities continued across the state last week and precipitation was mostly limited to western counties, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA

 In northwestern counties, isolated moisture was received. Feed supplies remained short and producers were actively purchasing hay. Pasture and rangeland was in mostly poor condition. Producers were feeding cattle due to lack of available grazing and continued to cull cattle in response to drought.

In northeastern and east central counties, harvest activities continued without delay. Corn harvest continued and sorghum harvest also progressed where conditions allowed. Alfalfa harvest was nearly complete for most producers. Sugarbeet harvest continued. County reports noted sunflower harvest also began. Pasture conditions continued to deteriorate due to lack of moisture. Livestock producers continued weaning activities and were actively culling older or open cows. Dusty conditions also adversely affected livestock. Winter wheat was emerging better in some areas compared to others, but moisture was greatly needed.

In southwestern counties, isolated precipitation was noted. Livestock were being brought off summer pasture. In the San Luis Valley, potato harvest was complete. High winds were noted and conditions were dry.

In southeastern counties, a dry week allowed good harvest progress to be made. Yields for corn and sorghum were varied according to county reports.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 2 percent very short, 17 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 83 percent average and 17 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 61 percent average and 39 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 

85 

75 

84 

74 

Corn 

       

Mature 

99 

91 

97 

95 

Harvested for grain 

58 

45 

68 

47 

Dry edible beans 

       

Harvested 

82 

67 

90 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Harvested 

61 

42 

62 

47 

Sugarbeets 

       

Harvested 

88 

77 

83 

56 

Sunflowers 

       

Harvested 

42 

30 

77 

45 

Winter wheat 

       

Planted 

97 

92 

99 

97 

Emerged 

68 

58 

77 

78 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.8 

6.5 

6.1 

6.2 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

35 

41 

42 

17 

Short 

37 

29 

39 

30 

Adequate 

28 

30 

19 

51 

Surplus. 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

37 

40 

38 

16 

Short 

28 

28 

42 

33 

Adequate 

35 

32 

20 

50 

Surplus. 

-- 

-- 

-- 

CROP, LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE CONDITION

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Corn 

       

Very poor 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

17 

19 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

25 

18 

NA 

NA 

Good 

40 

43 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

11 

13 

NA 

NA 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

21 

23 

38 

16 

Poor 

28 

25 

29 

19 

Fair 

20 

23 

26 

26 

Good 

24 

16 

34 

Excellent 

13 

-- 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

11 

10 

NA 

Poor 

12 

15 

22 

NA 

Fair 

17 

20 

50 

NA 

Good 

48 

39 

15 

NA 

Excellent 

14 

15 

NA 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

12 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

35 

39 

NA 

NA 

Good 

47 

41 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

10 

NA 

NA 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

11 

Poor 

15 

16 

20 

10 

Fair 

33 

31 

45 

32 

Good 

41 

37 

23 

43 

Excellent 

13 

11 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

Fair 

23 

23 

42 

19 

Good 

52 

49 

43 

67 

Excellent 

16 

19 

10 

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