Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending September 27, 2020

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Published Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Overall, conditions were once again warm and dry in the state during the past week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Minor amounts of precipitation were received in some areas, but on average, there were seven days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending September 27, 2020.

In northeastern counties, corn silage harvest continued at a rapid pace. Sugarbeet harvest made a significant increase while proso millet and sorghum harvest showed little increase from last week. Farmers actively planted wheat but remained concerned over the dry conditions. Supplemental feeding of livestock continued with the worsening of range conditions.

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MAP Colorado Drought Conditions - September 22, 2020 - National Drought Mitigation Center
Colorado Drought Conditions - September 22, 2020. Courtesy National Drought Mitigation Center

Harvest continued in east central counties, although fewer acres were being harvested because of the drought. Ranchers faced the dilemma of poor winter forage as dry conditions continued. There was no improvement in drought conditions in the southwestern portion of the state.

In the San Luis Valley, alfalfa harvest continued while the potato harvest progressed ahead of the average with the cooperative weather.

Corn harvest began in southeastern counties as corn was drying down quickly with the above average temperatures and wind.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 8 percent very short, 36 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 74 percent average and 26 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 89 percent average and 11 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 

85 

76 

88 

89 

4th cutting harvested 

28 

22 

39 

35 

Corn 

       

Dented 

97 

93 

88 

93 

Mature 

55 

42 

36 

46 

Harvested for grain 

13 

10 

Harvested for silage 

85 

68 

69 

80 

Dry edible beans 

       

Cut 

59 

56 

56 

69 

Harvested 

13 

12 

29 

41 

Onions 

       

Harvested 

60 

53 

55 

69 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested 

59 

30 

50 

41 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested 

69 

67 

64 

69 

Proso Millet 

       

Harvested 

69 

66 

68 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Turning color 

92 

87 

92 

93 

Mature 

53 

47 

36 

36 

Harvested 

16 

15 

Sugarbeets 

       

Harvested 

35 

21 

13 

11 

Winter wheat 

       

Planted 

66 

45 

60 

57 

Emerged 

19 

13 

33 

27 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

7.0 

6.9 

6.8 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

33 

25 

Short 

44 

43 

38 

33 

Adequate 

22 

31 

54 

55 

Surplus. 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

33 

32 

Short 

46 

43 

26 

29 

Adequate 

21 

25 

67 

62 

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 

17 

17 

Fair 

22 

22 

10 

22 

Good 

50 

49 

72 

56 

Excellent 

11 

11 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

10 

16 

-- 

Poor 

25 

19 

Fair 

29 

26 

18 

21 

Good 

32 

34 

66 

59 

Excellent 

13 

13 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

NA 

Poor 

18 

27 

NA 

Fair 

38 

36 

47 

NA 

Good 

38 

35 

43 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

19 

21 

Poor 

38 

30 

14 

Fair 

30 

32 

29 

26 

Good 

13 

17 

58 

45 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

20 

18 

33 

19 

Good 

51 

53 

43 

55 

Excellent 

18 

19 

18 

21 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

16 

11 

Poor 

22 

21 

Fair 

45 

48 

23 

25 

Good 

14 

17 

61 

59 

Excellent 

12 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

10 

-- 

Fair 

33 

27 

11 

16 

Good 

44 

53 

83 

67 

Excellent 

14 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

11 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

24 

25 

-- 

Fair 

48 

39 

25 

25 

Good 

19 

23 

59 

61 

Excellent 

16 

10 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

34 

32 

15 

Good 

49 

50 

78 

73 

Excellent 

10 

14 

10 

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