Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending September 29, 2019

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Published Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Hot and dry weather continued last week, allowing producers plenty of days in the field for planting and harvesting activities, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Corn for grain harvest picked up as limited harvest began in more counties.

Northeastern county reporters noted winter wheat seeding was slightly delayed in areas due to high winds, but continued despite dry conditions.

East central counties remained dry with no moisture received last week. Winter wheat seeding progressed quickly where conditions allowed.

In southwestern counties, reporters noted adverse drought conditions worsened and no measurable precipitation was received last week. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, abnormally dry and moderate drought conditions expanded in several western and southern counties.

San Luis Valley reporters noted alfalfa harvest progressed quickly and producers worked to cut their hay prior to damage from nighttime frost. Potato harvest progressed well, and quality was noted as good.

In southeastern counties, minimal moisture was received last week. Crops were drying down well and harvest of both sorghum for forage and silage progressed.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 2 percent short, 87 percent adequate, and 11 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 2 percent heavy, 86 percent average, and 12 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 76 percent average and 24 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 

91 

82 

93 

91 

4th cutting harvested 

42 

30 

43 

35 

Corn 

       

Dented 

93 

77 

95 

96 

Mature 

41 

23 

56 

51 

Harvested for grain 

12 

10 

Harvested for silage 

77 

50 

95 

86 

Dry edible beans 

       

Cut 

61 

45 

91 

76 

Harvested 

33 

18 

70 

48 

Onions 

       

Harvested 

60 

42 

93 

72 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested 

55 

36 

50 

45 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested 

67 

58 

71 

77 

Proso Millet 

       

Harvested 

73 

56 

NA 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Turning color 

94 

87 

96 

93 

Mature 

39 

29 

41 

40 

Harvested 

-- 

Sugarbeets 

       

Harvested 

16 

15 

Sunflowers 

       

Harvested 

NA 

-- 

Winter wheat 

       

Planted 

67 

43 

64 

64 

Emerged 

39 

18 

36 

31 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.8 

6.7 

6.6 

5.6 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

18 

Short 

38 

30 

41 

32 

Adequate 

54 

63 

41 

56 

Surplus. 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

19 

11 

Short 

26 

30 

33 

30 

Adequate 

67 

64 

47 

58 

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 

10 

Poor 

19 

Fair 

10 

30 

25 

Good 

72 

71 

33 

51 

Excellent 

11 

11 

12 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

11 

Fair 

18 

19 

19 

23 

Good 

66 

65 

59 

55 

Excellent 

13 

13 

14 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

47 

32 

NA 

NA 

Good 

43 

50 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

10 

NA 

NA 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

NA 

NA 

Good 

90 

89 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

NA 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

28 

Poor 

29 

17 

Fair 

29 

25 

17 

25 

Good 

58 

57 

23 

41 

Excellent 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

33 

33 

15 

18 

Good 

43 

44 

56 

56 

Excellent 

18 

20 

25 

19 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

10 

Fair 

23 

25 

26 

31 

Good 

61 

62 

55 

52 

Excellent 

12 

10 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

11 

12 

34 

18 

Good 

83 

75 

45 

60 

Excellent 

12 

11 

17 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

25 

22 

29 

28 

Good 

59 

67 

62 

56 

Excellent 

16 

11 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

25 

18 

Good 

78 

77 

62 

71 

Excellent 

14 

13 

10 

 

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