Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending September 4, 2022

PROMO 64J1 Agriculture - Statistics Stats Farmer Field Technology - iStock - William_Potter
Published Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Above average temperatures and very limited moisture plagued 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, down 11 percentage points from the previous week. Seventeen percent of the State is experiencing severe to exceptional drought conditions, down 6 percentage points from last week. Extreme drought conditions are affecting 4 percent of the State, unchanged from last week. Areas of Phillips and Sedgwick Counties are experiencing exceptional drought, accounting for less than one percent of the State.

2022-09-02_map_colorado_drought_conditions_-_august_20_2022_-_national_drought_mitigation_center.png

MAP Colorado Drought Conditions - August 30, 2022 - National Drought Mitigation Center
Colorado Drought Conditions - August 30, 2022 - National Drought Mitigation Center

In northeastern and east central counties, warm, dry weather allowed for quick advancement of harvest and fieldwork last week. The only measurable moisture was received in the metro area, while the rest of the district remained dry. Limited precipitation allowed for planting of the 2023 winter wheat crop to progress quicker than normal. Corn for silage harvest progressed quickly last week, moving ahead of the previous year's pace. Reports from the district show silage harvest is more than fifty percent complete in some areas and fourth cutting of alfalfa has begun. Proso millet harvest was fully underway in the district and producers were preparing for harvest of other spring crops.

In southwestern counties, dry conditions, and temperatures more than six degrees above normal were prevalent. Third cutting of alfalfa made significant progress in the district and fourth cutting started in some areas among the warm, dry conditions.

In the San Luis Valley, dry conditions and cooling temperatures are starting to slow crop growth. Reporters note that barley harvest is progressing well, but quality concerns have held up producers selling the crop until more tests can be run. The potato crop looks good, and harvest is now in full swing.

Southeastern counties received some measurable moisture last week, with southern Prowers and northern Baca Counties receiving almost an inch of rain.

Stored feed supplies were rated 25 percent very short, 22 percent short, 50 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 85 percent average and 15 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 1 percent heavy, 83 percent average, and 16 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 

60 

45 

66 

63 

4th cutting harvested 

NA 

Barley 

       

Harvested 

62 

32 

89 

86 

Corn 

       

Doughed 

75 

63 

94 

88 

Dented 

40 

30 

40 

43 

Mature 

-- 

Harvested for silage 

20 

15 

21 

Dry edible beans 

       

Cut 

-- 

19 

Onions 

       

Harvested 

20 

12 

20 

21 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

       

Harvested 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

       

Harvested 

25 

13 

26 

26 

Proso millet 

       

Harvested 

NA 

41 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Turning color 

58 

40 

72 

52 

Winter wheat 

       

Planted 

13 

21 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.7 

6.5 

6.4 

6.6 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

27 

27 

17 

16 

Short 

45 

41 

36 

31 

Adequate 

28 

32 

47 

52 

Surplus 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

29 

29 

21 

17 

Short 

40 

37 

32 

29 

Adequate 

31 

34 

47 

53 

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 

12 

10 

Fair 

18 

24 

24 

21 

Good 

62 

55 

50 

55 

Excellent 

Barley 

       

Very poor 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

11 

18 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

30 

38 

NA 

NA 

Good 

36 

26 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

16 

NA 

NA 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

23 

19 

Poor 

24 

21 

13 

11 

Fair 

29 

34 

25 

23 

Good 

19 

22 

47 

51 

Excellent 

14 

10 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

12 

14 

Fair 

10 

15 

37 

30 

Good 

40 

40 

34 

47 

Excellent 

45 

38 

17 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

11 

Fair 

25 

25 

38 

19 

Good 

63 

65 

43 

68 

Excellent 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

15 

16 

12 

Poor 

20 

21 

19 

18 

Fair 

22 

25 

28 

26 

Good 

30 

23 

34 

38 

Excellent 

13 

15 

10 

Potatoes inside the San Luis Valley 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

10 

16 

11 

Fair 

20 

21 

22 

21 

Good 

51 

47 

50 

48 

Excellent 

20 

17 

18 

Potatoes outside the San Luis Valley 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

60 

60 

34 

18 

Good 

35 

40 

56 

68 

Excellent 

-- 

11 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

10 

12 

11 

Fair 

43 

41 

22 

25 

Good 

43 

36 

51 

52 

Excellent 

-- 

13 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

50 

50 

28 

21 

Good 

50 

50 

58 

61 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

14 

14 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

10 

Fair 

48 

45 

27 

25 

Good 

31 

38 

62 

58 

Excellent 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

12 

12 

Poor 

11 

Fair 

11 

15 

Good 

52 

47 

70 

71 

Excellent 

21 

19 

15 

10 

KiowaCountyPress.net may earn an affiliate commission if you purchase products or services through links in an article. Prices, when displayed, are accurate at the time of publication but may change over time. Commissions do not influence editorial independence.

The Kiowa County Press is an independent newspaper published in Eads, Kiowa County, Colorado, and to the world at KiowaCountyPress.net.