Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending October 25, 2020

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Published Wednesday, October 28, 2020

A storm system brought snow and cold temperatures to several areas of the state on Sunday, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Harvest made good progress prior to the storm and several crops neared harvest completion or were ahead of the average. Received precipitation improved soil moisture supplies but more is needed to recuperate from continued drought conditions.

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MAP Colorado Drought Conditions - October 13, 2020 - National Drought Mitigation Center
MAP Colorado Drought Conditions - October 13, 2020 - National Drought Mitigation Center

In northeastern and east central counties, harvest continued until the weekend snowstorm. Reports noted harvest was quick in areas with poorer stands or crop failure. Received moisture varied by locality. According to county reports, winter wheat emergence remained uneven in areas due to high winds and persistent dry conditions. Crop producers expressed concern regarding extreme drought conditions and were actively considering adjustment of planting intentions for fall crops and next spring's crops. In most areas, rangeland condition and feed availability for livestock producers remained primary concerns.

In the San Luis Valley, several inches of snow were received over the weekend and all growing season activities were complete. County reports noted more moisture is needed but rangeland and livestock were in mostly good condition.

Harvest in southeastern counties continued to advance quickly around precipitation events. Conditions during the week were dry and windy. A county report noted extreme temperature swings caused illness issues for cattle. 

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 13 percent very short, 27 percent short, 56 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. 

Sheep death loss was 87 percent average and 13 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 96 percent average and 4 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 

68 

74 

Corn 

       

Harvested for grain 

70 

53 

51 

42 

Dry edible beans 

       

Harvested 

92 

78 

85 

NA 

Onions 

       

Harvested 

99 

93 

NA 

NA 

Proso Millet 

       

Harvested 

99 

94 

NA 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Mature 

97 

92 

96 

94 

Harvested 

65 

43 

65 

46 

Sugarbeets 

       

Harvested 

85 

68 

76 

53 

Sunflowers 

       

Harvested 

79 

68 

67 

44 

Winter wheat 

       

Emerged 

78 

68 

77 

80 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.1 

6.7 

6.2 

6.0 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

42 

52 

18 

10 

Short 

39 

33 

36 

29 

Adequate 

19 

15 

45 

59 

Surplus 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

38 

50 

14 

10 

Short 

42 

35 

36 

31 

Adequate 

20 

15 

50 

58 

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 

38 

36 

Poor 

29 

30 

16 

Fair 

26 

26 

31 

26 

Good 

51 

42 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

10 

15 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

22 

20 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

50 

49 

NA 

NA 

Good 

15 

13 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

NA 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

11 

21 

Poor 

20 

25 

12 

Fair 

45 

36 

25 

33 

Good 

23 

17 

41 

46 

Excellent 

18 

11 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

Fair 

42 

25 

11 

13 

Good 

43 

58 

73 

73 

Excellent 

12 

11 

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