Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending September 8, 2019

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Published Monday, September 9, 2019

Record-high heat and dry conditions last week gave way to scattered moisture by week's end, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Northeastern county reporters noted harvest of some spring crops continued, but many producers were waiting for crops to reach maturity. A reporter mentioned corn maturity was behind average. Weekend rain in the district provided needed moisture for rangeland and dryland acreage. Reporters noted limited seeding of winter wheat began. Livestock producers also began pre-weaning activities in preparation for weaning calves in the fall.

In east central counties, last week was hot and dry and many producers were waiting for moisture to begin seeding winter wheat in earnest. Some localities received moisture on Sunday evening.

Western counties received isolated precipitation last week. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, abnormally dry conditions expanded in western counties and monsoonal moisture continued to disappoint.

In the San Luis Valley, barley harvest was nearing completion and potato harvest moved forward as conditions allowed around weekend precipitation.

Southeastern counties remained hot and dry last week although some localities received moisture on Sunday. Crops were in need of additional moisture and a reporter mentioned irrigation water in canals had slowed.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 3 percent short, 85 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 1 percent heavy, 70 percent average, and 29 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 65 percent average and 35 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 

61 

51 

73 

68 

4th cutting harvested 

18 

10 

12 

Barley 

       

Harvested 

93 

82 

91 

86 

Corn 

       

Doughed 

90 

72 

95 

93 

Dented 

44 

22 

68 

63 

Mature 

Harvested for silage 

15 

10 

52 

31 

Dry edible beans 

       

Cut 

67 

28 

Harvested 

-- 

33 

NA 

Onions 

       

Harvested 

63 

33 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested 

18 

12 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested 

28 

15 

43 

44 

Proso Millet 

       

Harvested 

23 

NA 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Headed 

96 

93 

97 

95 

Turning color 

31 

19 

73 

58 

Mature 

Winter wheat 

       

Planted 

10 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.6 

6.6 

6.0 

6.3 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

10 

Short 

27 

24 

29 

29 

Adequate 

67 

68 

59 

61 

Surplus. 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

14 

10 

Short 

22 

22 

24 

27 

Adequate 

70 

70 

60 

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 

14 

Fair 

25 

23 

Good 

77 

76 

44 

54 

Excellent 

10 

12 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

18 

15 

21 

24 

Good 

65 

64 

63 

57 

Excellent 

15 

19 

12 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

22 

Fair 

38 

19 

18 

26 

Good 

51 

63 

48 

57 

Excellent 

12 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

13 

Good 

92 

98 

72 

67 

Excellent 

13 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

22 

Poor 

23 

15 

Fair 

22 

18 

22 

25 

Good 

64 

66 

31 

45 

Excellent 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

10 

Fair 

30 

30 

15 

17 

Good 

40 

47 

53 

55 

Excellent 

20 

20 

28 

21 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

18 

16 

Good 

72 

69 

69 

79 

Excellent 

13 

20 

11 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

Fair 

23 

14 

26 

29 

Good 

64 

69 

60 

57 

Excellent 

10 

13 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

12 

10 

31 

16 

Good 

75 

82 

48 

64 

Excellent 

13 

19 

18 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

17 

11 

28 

26 

Good 

69 

76 

67 

59 

Excellent 

14 

12 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

13 

14 

Good 

78 

82 

77 

75 

Excellent 

12 

10 

10 

 

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