Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending September 1, 2019

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Published Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Hot, windy, and dry weather last week decreased soil moisture supplies but conditions were largely ideal for fieldwork, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. 

In northeastern counties, limited harvest was underway for a few spring crops including corn silage, onions, and proso millet. A reporter mentioned some producers were waiting to begin corn silage harvest due to slow development earlier in the summer. Rangeland conditions deteriorated in dry areas due to lack of moisture and hot weather. Concerns were also noted for non-irrigated crops that haven't received consistent moisture recently.

East central county reporters noted limited winter wheat seeding began last week. Moisture received varied widely in the district; some areas received precipitation while others remained very dry.

Western counties also remained hot and dry last week. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, moderate drought conditions spread in southwestern counties.

In the San Luis Valley, barley harvest progressed significantly last week. Minimal moisture was received, and temperatures were hot. A reporter also noted producers started harvesting seed potatoes.

In southeastern counties, a reporter noted areas already short on moisture were suffering from the hot and dry weather. Crops and pasture in areas with sufficient moisture were still in good condition. Limited winter wheat seeding was noted.

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

Sheep death loss was 75 percent average and 25 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 64 percent average and 36 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 

51 

41 

64 

60 

4th cutting harvested 

10 

NA 

Barley 

       

Harvested 

82 

45 

85 

73 

Corn 

       

Doughed 

72 

56 

92 

85 

Dented 

22 

10 

42 

44 

Mature 

NA 

Harvested for silage 

10 

31 

15 

Dry edible beans 

       

Cut 

-- 

49 

14 

Onions 

       

Harvested 

-- 

41 

21 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested 

-- 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested 

15 

32 

29 

Proso Millet 

       

Harvested 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Headed 

93 

89 

94 

91 

Turning color 

19 

57 

44 

Mature 

-- 

-- 

Winter wheat 

       

Planted 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.6 

6.4 

6.7 

6.5 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

10 

Short 

24 

17 

29 

27 

Adequate 

68 

74 

60 

65 

Surplus. 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

13 

Short 

22 

18 

22 

25 

Adequate 

70 

77 

63 

65 

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 

12 

Fair 

10 

24 

23 

Good 

76 

60 

50 

55 

Excellent 

21 

12 

Barley 

       

Very poor 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

12 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

22 

23 

NA 

NA 

Good 

47 

50 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

11 

20 

NA 

NA 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

15 

14 

20 

23 

Good 

64 

59 

66 

58 

Excellent 

19 

25 

12 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

24 

Fair 

19 

29 

25 

28 

Good 

63 

58 

38 

55 

Excellent 

12 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

11 

14 

Good 

98 

95 

71 

66 

Excellent 

13 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

22 

Poor 

26 

16 

Fair 

18 

20 

20 

24 

Good 

66 

64 

30 

45 

Excellent 

10 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

30 

30 

11 

16 

Good 

47 

47 

60 

56 

Excellent 

20 

20 

24 

21 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

16 

17 

13 

10 

Good 

69 

67 

61 

77 

Excellent 

13 

14 

21 

12 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

Fair 

14 

24 

26 

30 

Good 

69 

59 

62 

56 

Excellent 

13 

13 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

10 

11 

25 

14 

Good 

82 

82 

50 

64 

Excellent 

21 

18 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

11 

20 

27 

26 

Good 

76 

66 

67 

60 

Excellent 

12 

14 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

15 

14 

Good 

82 

78 

75 

75 

Excellent 

10 

14 

10 

 

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