Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending October 6, 2019

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Published Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Warm and windy weather continued last week, allowing fall harvest activities to move forward, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Northeastern county reporters noted more producers began harvesting corn for grain, but high moisture content slowed overall progress and most attempts were limited to non-irrigated acreage. Winter wheat seeding continued, but concerns remained regarding dry conditions and lack of precipitation.

In east central counties, harvest of corn for grain, sorghum, and sunflowers was underway. Dryland corn yields were reportedly favorable thus far. A reporter mentioned some winter wheat may need reseeded due to recent high winds.

In the San Luis Valley, third cutting of alfalfa was virtually complete and fall potato harvest made good gains. The weather was very favorable for harvesting activities last week, but reporters noted soil moisture supplies decreased due to no received moisture.

In southeastern counties, corn was reportedly drying down well, but sorghum for grain still needed more time.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 2 percent short, 85 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 2 percent heavy, 77 percent average, and 21 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 75 percent average and 25 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 

95 

91 

96 

95 

4th cutting harvested 

48 

42 

51 

43 

Corn 

       

Dented 

99 

93 

97 

98 

Mature 

65 

41 

71 

69 

Harvested for grain 

17 

12 

19 

13 

Harvested for silage 

91 

77 

NA 

NA 

Dry edible beans 

       

Cut 

74 

61 

96 

88 

Harvested 

42 

33 

86 

64 

Onions 

       

Harvested 

75 

60 

95 

81 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested 

79 

55 

75 

67 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested 

82 

67 

81 

NA 

Proso Millet 

       

Harvested 

85 

73 

NA 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Turning color 

97 

94 

97 

96 

Mature 

59 

39 

52 

53 

Harvested 

17 

12 

10 

Sugarbeets 

       

Harvested 

31 

16 

13 

22 

Sunflowers 

       

Harvested 

-- 

Winter wheat 

       

Planted 

79 

67 

76 

79 

Emerged 

50 

39 

54 

47 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.5 

6.8 

5.8 

5.8 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

10 

12 

Short 

36 

38 

33 

30 

Adequate 

53 

54 

54 

60 

Surplus

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

14 

10 

Short 

30 

26 

28 

29 

Adequate 

60 

67 

57 

60 

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 

16 

Fair 

10 

10 

29 

25 

Good 

76 

72 

39 

51 

Excellent 

11 

12 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

22 

18 

21 

24 

Good 

61 

66 

69 

57 

Excellent 

11 

13 

13 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

11 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

42 

47 

NA 

NA 

Good 

46 

43 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

NA 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

31 

Poor 

10 

31 

18 

Fair 

28 

29 

19 

26 

Good 

51 

58 

17 

39 

Excellent 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

Fair 

26 

23 

26 

31 

Good 

62 

61 

60 

52 

Excellent 

12 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

15 

11 

18 

16 

Good 

76 

83 

53 

62 

Excellent 

23 

18 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

24 

25 

27 

28 

Good 

66 

59 

67 

55 

Excellent 

10 

16 

10 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

16 

16 

Good 

75 

78 

71 

72 

Excellent 

15 

14 

11 

 

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