Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report for the week ending July 28, 2019

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Published Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Wheat harvest continued to progress last week amidst hot and mostly dry weather, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

In northeastern and east central counties, reporters noted conditions were favorable for wheat harvest. A few late-planted fields were not yet harvested. A reporter noted some wheat was damaged due to wheat stem sawfly infestations. Irrigated crops, especially corn, achieved more normal growth gains compared to earlier in the season. Rangeland and dryland crop conditions declined due to lack of moisture. 

In southwestern counties, abnormally dry conditions were introduced for the first time since May, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report. Lack of monsoonal moisture was to blame. 

In the San Luis Valley, isolated moisture was received last week. According to a county reporter, barley started to turn color and the second cutting of alfalfa began. Disease stress in some barley due to earlier hail was also noted. 

Southeastern counties received minor amounts of precipitation, which was enough to slow the last of wheat harvest. 

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 9 percent short, 83 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. 

Sheep death loss was 1 percent heavy, 46 percent average, and 53 percent light. 

Cattle death loss was 1 percent heavy, 64 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 

       

2nd cutting harvested 

58 

41 

70 

66 

3rd cutting harvested 

-- 

Barley 

       

Headed 

96 

94 

99 

NA 

Turning color 

62 

45 

75 

63 

Harvested 

-- 

Corn 

       

Silked 

53 

21 

70 

54 

Doughed 

-- 

Dry edible beans 

       

Blooming 

41 

32 

68 

61 

Sorghum 

       

Headed 

18 

-- 

37 

23 

Winter wheat 

       

Mature 

95 

87 

NA 

NA 

Harvested 

80 

65 

96 

92 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.3 

6.3 

4.9 

5.6 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

11 

Short 

18 

17 

24 

27 

Adequate 

74 

75 

61 

62 

Surplus. 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

13 

Short 

17 

16 

19 

25 

Adequate 

76 

76 

66 

64 

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 

12 

29 

25 

Good 

67 

59 

39 

52 

Excellent 

19 

20 

11 

13 

Barley 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

17 

22 

27 

19 

Good 

51 

45 

48 

53 

Excellent 

25 

24 

25 

27 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

19 

20 

28 

21 

Good 

70 

65 

49 

58 

Excellent 

10 

13 

13 

14 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

12 

Poor 

28 

Fair 

19 

22 

11 

30 

Good 

74 

70 

31 

51 

Excellent 

18 

10 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

11 

13 

17 

16 

Good 

85 

84 

62 

63 

Excellent 

20 

17 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

24 

Poor 

22 

15 

Fair 

21 

17 

24 

27 

Good 

64 

68 

28 

43 

Excellent 

10 

11 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

34 

30 

12 

17 

Good 

44 

47 

61 

54 

Excellent 

18 

20 

23 

22 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

17 

19 

12 

Good 

68 

64 

52 

76 

Excellent 

14 

15 

32 

14 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

13 

10 

Fair 

24 

21 

26 

34 

Good 

69 

71 

55 

49 

Excellent 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

14 

17 

22 

15 

Good 

78 

71 

44 

62 

Excellent 

10 

27 

20 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

20 

22 

21 

27 

Good 

76 

73 

74 

58 

Excellent 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

11 

15 

18 

14 

Good 

72 

65 

69 

72 

Excellent 

15 

16 

12 

 

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