Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending October 30, 2022

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Published Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Harvest and fieldwork activities continued during isolated precipitation events last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

According to the United States Drought Monitor for October 25, over 48 percent of the State was categorized in moderate drought or worse, up more than 5 percentage points from the previous week. Over 14 percent of the State is experiencing severe to exceptional drought conditions, up slightly from last week. The exceptional drought conditions noted across portions of Phillips and Sedgwick Counties remain unchanged from last week, accounting for less than one percent of the State.

Hardly any measurable moisture was received across the eastern portion of the State last week. Western counties reported significant snowfall at higher elevations and the foothills received a few inches of snow in some areas.

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MAP Colorado Drought Conditions - October 25, 2022 - National Drought Mitigation Center
Colorado Drought Conditions - October 25, 2022 - National Drought Mitigation Center

Below average temperatures were observed across the State last week, with average maximum temperatures staying below 70 degrees. Low temperatures for the week were between 3 degrees in the mountains and 30 degrees on the eastern plains.

Sunflower harvest progressed quickly last week in eastern Colorado, but still trails the average harvest pace significantly.

Potato harvest in the San Luis Valley is officially complete due to freezing temperatures. Livestock producers in the area were bringing stock home from mountain pastures to lower elevations.

Reporters in northwestern counties noted multiple nights of below freezing temperatures officially marked the end of the growing season in the area.

Fourth cutting of alfalfa advanced last week across the State, jumping ahead of the 5-year average of 78 percent.

Statewide, emergence of the 2023 winter wheat crop was 75 percent complete, compared with last year at 73 percent and the 5-year average of 82 percent.

Corn for grain harvest continued to progress, but still fell short of the previous year at 67 percent and the 5-year average of 59 percent.

Livestock remained in mostly good condition.

Stored feed supplies were rated 13 percent very short, 29 percent short, 52 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 89 percent average and 11 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 1 percent heavy, 85 percent average, and 14 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 

80 

70 

88 

78 

Corn 

       

Harvested for grain 

45 

32 

67 

59 

Sorghum 

       

Mature 

95 

86 

98 

97 

Harvested 

65 

47 

76 

59 

Sugarbeets 

       

Harvested 

60 

48 

93 

81 

Sunflowers 

       

Harvested 

40 

27 

51 

56 

Winter wheat 

       

Emerged 

75 

65 

73 

82 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

5.6 

6.4 

6.4 

5.4 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

27 

32 

28 

19 

Short 

47 

45 

38 

28 

Adequate 

25 

22 

34 

52 

Surplus 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

29 

36 

29 

20 

Short 

40 

37 

31 

29 

Adequate 

30 

26 

40 

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 

15 

18 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

24 

22 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

38 

35 

NA 

NA 

Good 

22 

23 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

NA 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

15 

13 

16 

19 

Poor 

22 

23 

20 

20 

Fair 

27 

27 

28 

25 

Good 

32 

33 

28 

30 

Excellent 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

12 

12 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

42 

38 

NA 

NA 

Good 

35 

36 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

NA 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

50 

50 

NA 

NA 

Good 

50 

50 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

NA 

NA 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

11 

NA 

Poor 

18 

18 

16 

NA 

Fair 

52 

44 

35 

NA 

Good 

22 

26 

45 

NA 

Excellent 

-- 

NA 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

11 

16 

10 

Poor 

20 

19 

17 

11 

Fair 

41 

40 

32 

33 

Good 

21 

24 

36 

41 

Excellent 

10 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

22 

21 

Good 

72 

63 

49 

63 

Excellent 

19 

25 

16 

10 

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