Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending September 19, 2021

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Published Wednesday, September 22, 2021

Conditions were mostly ideal for fieldwork and harvest activities last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

In northwestern counties, the fourth cutting of alfalfa began. Soil moisture supplies remained short. In northeastern counties, corn silage harvest progressed quickly last week. Sugarbeet harvest in the area remained slow due to hot temperatures. Producers continued seeding winter wheat, but moisture was needed. Dry conditions in the district were a primary concern for non-irrigated crops and livestock producers continued to wean calves early. Irrigation water to crops was also reduced ahead of harvest.

East central counties remained mostly dry with limited precipitation reported. Corn silage harvest advanced quickly last week, and some dryland corn was being harvested for grain. Reports of grain sorghum harvested were also noted. Winter wheat seeding continued, but moisture was needed to help even out emergence.

Southwestern counties also received isolated moisture which was enough in areas to affect hay harvest. Corn silage harvest was in full swing. Fall potato harvest progressed well last week in the San Luis Valley, but conditions remained dry. The third cutting of alfalfa was nearly complete.

In southeastern counties, isolated precipitation was noted. Sorghum harvest began in areas and corn silage harvest started to wrap up.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 21 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 13 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 84 percent average and 16 percent light. Cattle death loss was 72 percent average and 28 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 

81 

72 

75 

80 

4th cutting harvested 

25 

15 

21 

23 

Corn 

       

Dented 

91 

77 

92 

83 

Mature 

36 

19 

40 

26 

Harvested for grain 

Harvested for silage 

69 

32 

64 

61 

Dry edible beans 

       

Cut 

63 

36 

53 

52 

Harvested 

25 

11 

22 

Onions 

       

Harvested 

76 

47 

49 

54 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested 

19 

27 

24 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested 

68 

44 

65 

58 

Proso millet 

       

Harvested 

82 

67 

64 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Turning color 

96 

85 

85 

84 

Mature 

39 

27 

45 

24 

Harvested for grain 

-- 

13 

Sugarbeets 

       

Harvested 

24 

13 

19 

NA 

Winter wheat 

       

Planted 

48 

29 

43 

35 

Emerged 

15 

12 

12 

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 

6.9 

6.5 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

19 

18 

25 

11 

Short 

40 

38 

43 

32 

Adequate 

41 

44 

31 

56 

Surplus. 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

28 

23 

32 

12 

Short 

37 

37 

43 

31 

Adequate 

35 

40 

25 

56 

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 

10 

10 

17 

11 

Fair 

22 

22 

22 

20 

Good 

51 

51 

49 

55 

Excellent 

10 

10 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

10 

16 

Poor 

18 

14 

19 

Fair 

28 

27 

26 

23 

Good 

36 

41 

34 

53 

Excellent 

12 

11 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

13 

12 

27 

12 

Fair 

36 

37 

36 

27 

Good 

35 

34 

35 

51 

Excellent 

16 

17 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

NA 

Poor 

11 

11 

NA 

Fair 

38 

38 

24 

NA 

Good 

43 

43 

62 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

12 

11 

21 

11 

Poor 

21 

22 

30 

16 

Fair 

31 

31 

32 

27 

Good 

27 

27 

17 

40 

Excellent 

-- 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

Poor 

20 

16 

Fair 

32 

26 

18 

20 

Good 

37 

43 

53 

52 

Excellent 

12 

19 

21 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

35 

34 

NA 

NA 

Good 

54 

56 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

11 

Poor 

21 

Fair 

24 

21 

48 

29 

Good 

56 

58 

17 

53 

Excellent 

11 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

25 

28 

27 

17 

Good 

50 

56 

53 

63 

Excellent 

25 

16 

15 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

-- 

11 

Poor 

10 

25 

Fair 

31 

29 

39 

27 

Good 

54 

56 

23 

55 

Excellent 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

Fair 

24 

18 

32 

16 

Good 

56 

63 

50 

71 

Excellent 

11 

13 

10 

10 

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