Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending September 5, 2021

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Published Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Fieldwork and harvest activities continued around precipitation events last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

In northeastern counties, temperatures remained hot although isolated thunderstorms produced beneficial moisture. Concerns remained for non-irrigated crops and rangeland subject to hot weather without consistent moisture. Proso millet harvest was fully underway in the district and producers were preparing for harvest of other spring crops. Planting preparations for winter wheat continued.

East central counties received good moisture in areas last week. Harvest of several crops progressed quickly last week, and county reports noted producers were actively drilling winter wheat. Very limited reports of sugarbeets harvested were received. Damaging winds were reported near Burlington. A report from Kiowa county noted crops were in mostly good condition, but some grain sorghum failed to head out due to hot and dry weather.

In southwestern counties, moisture was received across several areas and temperatures were moderate.

The San Luis Valley remained dry last week, and barley harvest was nearly complete in areas. A few reports of potatoes harvested were noted, but most producers were still waiting to start. Rangeland was very dry in the area and producers were beginning to bring stock off summer grazing.

Southeastern counties received good moisture last week, benefitting crops as they continue to mature.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 1 percent very short, 14 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 83 percent average and 17 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 70 percent average and 30 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 

67 

59 

63 

65 

4th cutting harvested 

10 

Barley 

       

Harvested 

90 

80 

93 

85 

Corn 

       

Doughed 

95 

88 

94 

89 

Dented 

42 

27 

59 

50 

Mature 

10 

Harvested for silage 

17 

25 

23 

Dry edible beans 

       

Cut 

10 

-- 

15 

21 

Harvested 

NA 

NA 

Onions 

       

Harvested 

22 

14 

24 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested 

29 

11 

28 

30 

Proso millet 

       

Harvested 

46 

13 

28 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Turning color 

76 

49 

54 

52 

Mature 

21 

-- 

14 

Sugarbeets 

       

Harvested 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Winter wheat 

       

Planted 

22 

12 

15 

Emerged 

NA 

-- 

-- 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.4 

6.7 

6.9 

6.6 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

17 

15 

44 

14 

Short 

36 

40 

36 

29 

Adequate 

47 

45 

20 

56 

Surplus. 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

21 

19 

41 

14 

Short 

32 

36 

40 

27 

Adequate 

47 

45 

19 

57 

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 

12 

16 

10 

Fair 

24 

21 

24 

19 

Good 

50 

48 

51 

59 

Excellent 

10 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

21 

Poor 

13 

12 

18 

Fair 

25 

25 

25 

23 

Good 

47 

47 

32 

54 

Excellent 

14 

13 

10 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

12 

14 

25 

12 

Fair 

37 

33 

42 

27 

Good 

34 

42 

29 

54 

Excellent 

17 

11 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

11 

11 

Fair 

38 

38 

24 

13 

Good 

43 

43 

62 

72 

Excellent 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

17 

25 

11 

Poor 

19 

19 

32 

15 

Fair 

28 

23 

32 

26 

Good 

34 

29 

11 

42 

Excellent 

10 

12 

-- 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

Poor 

16 

13 

15 

Fair 

22 

23 

24 

20 

Good 

50 

44 

41 

51 

Excellent 

18 

15 

20 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

34 

34 

20 

12 

Good 

56 

54 

59 

74 

Excellent 

10 

15 

12 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

19 

Poor 

11 

23 

Fair 

22 

22 

43 

26 

Good 

51 

60 

13 

54 

Excellent 

13 

11 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

28 

28 

25 

18 

Good 

58 

56 

55 

64 

Excellent 

14 

16 

14 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

12 

33 

Fair 

27 

34 

42 

25 

Good 

62 

47 

16 

59 

Excellent 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

Fair 

17 

30 

15 

Good 

70 

55 

54 

73 

Excellent 

15 

22 

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