Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending September 11, 2022

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Published Tuesday, September 13, 2022

Record breaking temperatures, followed by a stark cool down affected crop conditions across the State last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 46 percent of the State is under drought conditions, unchanged from the previous week. Seventeen percent of the State is experiencing severe to exceptional drought conditions, unchanged from last week. Extreme drought conditions are affecting 3 percent of the State, down one percentage point from last week. Exceptional drought conditions in areas of Phillips and Sedgwick Counties were unchanged from last week, accounting for less than one percent of the State.

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MAP Colorado Drought Conditions - September 6, 2022 - National Drought Mitigation Center
Colorado Drought Conditions - September 6, 2022 - National Drought Mitigation Center

In northeastern and east central counties, temperatures reached above 100 degrees during the middle of the week, with some areas seeing temperatures above 105 degrees. For the second week in a row, no measurable moisture was received across much of the district. Limited precipitation allowed for planting of the 2023 winter wheat crop to progress ahead of the 5-year average. Corn for silage harvest progressed quickly last week, moving ahead of the previous year and 5-year average pace. Reports from the district show third cutting of alfalfa is almost complete, while the fourth cutting progressed well in other areas of the district.

In southwestern counties, dry conditions, and temperatures more than ten degrees above normal were prevalent. Corn for silage harvest progressed well last week. Warm conditions allowed for the corn crop to progress quickly in the district, with most of the crop past the dough stage.

In the San Luis Valley, previous rains helped the current cutting of alfalfa, but recent dry conditions are starting to affect the crop. Reporters note that barley harvest is winding down, while oat harvest has begun in the district. Potato harvest is progressing slowly but is expected to pick up this week. Initial reports show the potato crop is good quality with average yields. Livestock are in good condition.

Southeastern counties received no measurable moisture last week. Temperatures in the high 90's allowed crops to mature quickly.

Stored feed supplies were rated 15 percent very short, 18 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 6 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 85 percent average and 15 percent light. Cattle death loss was 1 percent heavy, 90 percent average, and 9 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 

70 

60 

71 

71 

4th cutting harvested 

15 

14 

14 

Barley 

       

Harvested 

80 

62 

94 

93 

Corn 

       

Doughed 

85 

75 

95 

94 

Dented 

46 

40 

72 

67 

Mature 

18 

13 

Harvested for silage 

40 

20 

30 

37 

Dry edible beans 

       

Cut 

25 

32 

36 

Harvested 

NA 

13 

Onions 

       

Harvested 

31 

20 

43 

36 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

       

Harvested 

10 

12 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

       

Harvested 

40 

25 

42 

40 

Proso millet 

       

Harvested 

19 

64 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Turning color 

81 

58 

84 

68 

Mature 

10 

-- 

26 

16 

Winter wheat 

       

Planted 

20 

13 

28 

18 

Emerged 

NA 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.4 

6.7 

6.8 

6.3 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

20 

27 

18 

15 

Short 

51 

45 

38 

36 

Adequate 

29 

28 

44 

48 

Surplus 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

26 

29 

23 

17 

Short 

40 

40 

37 

34 

Adequate 

34 

31 

40 

48 

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 

11 

10 

10 

10 

Fair 

20 

18 

22 

21 

Good 

56 

62 

51 

55 

Excellent 

10 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

10 

23 

Poor 

19 

24 

14 

11 

Fair 

40 

29 

27 

23 

Good 

28 

19 

41 

51 

Excellent 

12 

10 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

12 

13 

Fair 

13 

10 

37 

33 

Good 

45 

40 

34 

45 

Excellent 

35 

45 

17 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

NA 

Poor 

11 

NA 

Fair 

25 

25 

38 

NA 

Good 

63 

63 

43 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

15 

15 

11 

13 

Poor 

23 

20 

22 

19 

Fair 

20 

22 

31 

27 

Good 

32 

30 

27 

35 

Excellent 

10 

13 

Potatoes inside the San Luis Valley 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

16 

12 

Fair 

22 

20 

26 

22 

Good 

55 

51 

43 

47 

Excellent 

18 

20 

12 

17 

Potatoes outside the San Luis Valley 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

60 

60 

34 

18 

Good 

35 

35 

56 

66 

Excellent 

13 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

11 

10 

Fair 

48 

43 

21 

25 

Good 

41 

43 

58 

54 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

11 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

50 

50 

28 

18 

Good 

50 

50 

56 

64 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

16 

14 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

10 

Fair 

58 

48 

29 

27 

Good 

25 

31 

56 

56 

Excellent 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

12 

Poor 

Fair 

18 

16 

Good 

65 

52 

63 

69 

Excellent 

19 

21 

13 

10 

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