Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending September 22, 2019

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Published Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Mostly hot and dry weather persisted over much of the state last week, allowing good harvest gains, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Cooler weather late in the week brought isolated precipitation to some areas. In northeastern counties, millet harvest continued, and some producers were almost finished, according to a county reporter. Corn silage harvest also progressed, and sugar beet harvest picked up over last week. A reporter mentioned dry topsoil was a concern for producers seeding fall crops and rangeland condition deteriorated due to lack of received moisture. 

East central county reporters noted the area was dry and hot last week and moisture was needed.

In the San Luis Valley, drier weather aided alfalfa and potato harvest. A reporter noted some nighttime temperatures last week were below freezing.

Southeastern county reporters noted crops were progressing well last week and scattered moisture was received.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 3 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 2 percent heavy, 79 percent average, and 19 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 69 percent average and 31 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 

82 

70 

89 

84 

4th cutting harvested 

30 

24 

31 

25 

Corn 

       

Doughed 

98 

94 

98 

99 

Dented 

77 

61 

91 

91 

Mature 

23 

37 

33 

Harvested for grain 

-- 

Harvested for silage 

50 

30 

86 

72 

Dry edible beans 

       

Cut 

45 

21 

86 

58 

Harvested 

18 

55 

30 

Onions 

       

Harvested 

42 

17 

84 

61 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested 

36 

26 

24 

25 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested 

58 

40 

64 

67 

Proso Millet 

       

Harvested 

56 

41 

NA 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Turning color 

87 

58 

94 

86 

Mature 

29 

12 

25 

29 

Sugarbeets 

       

Harvested 

NA 

Winter wheat 

       

Planted 

43 

21 

44 

44 

Emerged 

18 

20 

15 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.7 

6.3 

6.6 

6.4 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

14 

Short 

30 

35 

34 

33 

Adequate 

63 

55 

51 

57 

Surplus. 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

10 

15 

10 

Short 

30 

33 

27 

30 

Adequate 

64 

56 

57 

59 

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 

19 

10 

Fair 

26 

24 

Good 

71 

70 

38 

51 

Excellent 

11 

12 

12 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

10 

Fair 

19 

25 

18 

24 

Good 

65 

56 

62 

56 

Excellent 

13 

10 

13 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

16 

Poor 

16 

Fair 

32 

50 

11 

29 

Good 

50 

40 

55 

54 

Excellent 

10 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

NA 

NA 

Good 

89 

89 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

NA 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

28 

Poor 

23 

16 

Fair 

25 

24 

23 

26 

Good 

57 

59 

24 

42 

Excellent 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

10 

Fair 

33 

30 

15 

18 

Good 

44 

40 

50 

54 

Excellent 

20 

20 

30 

20 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

17 

17 

NA 

NA 

Good 

67 

67 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

14 

14 

NA 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

Fair 

25 

26 

28 

31 

Good 

62 

61 

57 

53 

Excellent 

10 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

12 

11 

22 

14 

Good 

75 

80 

49 

64 

Excellent 

12 

20 

18 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

22 

23 

28 

29 

Good 

67 

67 

64 

56 

Excellent 

11 

10 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

19 

14 

Good 

77 

76 

68 

75 

Excellent 

13 

13 

10 

 

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