Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending October 27, 2019

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Published Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Cold and windy weather was seen throughout the State last week as producers continued harvest of row crops, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Precipitation and snowfall were seen in the eastern plains and higher elevation counties. In northeastern counties, dry weather was reported, however some fields remain too wet to be harvested. Non-irrigated winter wheat in this area was reported with thin stands and lacking full emergence.

Producers throughout the northeast expressed a need for precipitation. East central counties received about 3 to 5 inches of snowfall. Producers in this area were nearly finished with harvest and reported calves going to sale.

In the San Luis Valley, dry conditions were reported but both livestock and pasture conditions were reported in good shape. Calves were also going to market in this area of the State.

In southeastern counties, precipitation was seen but mostly less than a half of an inch. Corn harvest was reported as progressing well, however sorghum harvest was reported as having a slower than normal start.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 2 percent heavy, 71 percent average, and 27 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 82 percent average and 18 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  

69 

65 

69 

80 

Corn 

       

Harvested for grain  

56 

40 

48 

44 

Dry edible beans 

       

Harvested  

88 

78 

NA 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Harvested  

72 

49 

34 

41 

Sugarbeets 

       

Harvested  

80 

65 

64 

57 

Sunflowers 

       

Harvested  

72 

55 

29 

40 

Winter wheat 

       

Emerged  

79 

72 

84 

86 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork  

62 

65 

54 

63 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short  

18 

16 

Short  

36 

33 

23 

29 

Adequate  

45 

51 

66 

62 

Surplus 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short  

14 

12 

11 

10 

Short  

36 

29 

31 

30 

Adequate  

50 

56 

55 

59 

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 

Poor  

NA 

Fair  

27 

27 

26 

NA 

Good  

54 

56 

60 

NA 

Excellent  

NA 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor  

30 

Poor  

28 

18 

Fair  

31 

26 

16 

26 

Good  

51 

60 

23 

40 

Excellent  

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor  

Poor  

12 

10 

Fair  

25 

22 

31 

37 

Good  

41 

47 

54 

46 

Excellent  

18 

20 

10 

Livestock 

       

Very poor  

-- 

Poor  

Fair  

11 

10 

16 

15 

Good  

73 

74 

71 

72 

Excellent  

12 

12 

11 

 

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