Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report for the week ending June 2, 2019

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Published Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Isolated precipitation and severe weather in areas kept producers out of the field early last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

In northwestern counties, a reporter noted pocket gopher damage to some alfalfa fields adversely affected growth. Rangeland grass was in need of warmer weather to promote growth.

Northeastern county reporters noted crops in the path of isolated hail storms received marked damage. Wind damage to young seedlings was also reported. Received precipitation, heavy in areas, was beneficial to non-irrigated crops and rangeland, as well as topsoil conditions in fields yet to be planted. A reporter noted corn and sugar beet growth was slow due to cool and wet weather.

In east central counties, reporters noted needed moisture was received, although conditions in drier areas were still concerning. Isolated severe weather and damaging hail was reported. A reporter noted light stripe rust was observed in winter wheat.

In the San Luis Valley, fall potato planting neared completion. Emergence picked up, although a reporter noted some growth was still slowed by cooler weather. Rangeland growth was also slow with some livestock producers waiting to turn stock out until grass growth improved.

In southeastern counties, some light precipitation was received early in the week. Freeze damage to wheat from prior cold weather was noted as more severe and widespread than first thought. A reporter noted hay was being cut but little was baled thus far. Topsoil moisture was noted as short in areas with many producers irrigating newly planted crops up.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 12 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 1 percent heavy, 82 percent average, and 17 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 1 percent heavy, 84 percent average, and 15 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Alfalfa hay 

       

1st cutting harvested 

23 

14 

15 

18 

Corn 

       

Planted 

78 

71 

95 

93 

Emerged 

49 

25 

70 

73 

Dry edible beans 

       

Planted 

24 

26 

Emerged 

NA 

NA 

Onions 

       

Planted 

96 

90 

NA 

NA 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Planted 

97 

93 

96 

96 

Emerged 

17 

26 

18 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Planted 

99 

91 

97 

NA 

Emerged 

66 

42 

72 

84 

Proso millet 

       

Planted 

41 

27 

NA 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Planted 

37 

12 

44 

32 

Emerged 

NA 

NA 

Sugarbeets 

       

Emerged 

83 

81 

91 

94 

Sunflowers 

       

Planted 

-- 

17 

14 

Winter wheat 

       

Jointed 

96 

94 

NA 

NA 

Headed 

68 

47 

74 

79 

Turning color 

-- 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

4.4 

4.2 

6.3 

5.4 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

18 

Short 

27 

16 

Adequate 

82 

87 

54 

68 

Surplus 

10 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

14 

Short 

10 

13 

20 

16 

Adequate 

81 

81 

66 

71 

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 

11 

Fair 

12 

25 

26 

Good 

65 

63 

44 

52 

Excellent 

16 

15 

12 

14 

Barley 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

16 

16 

26 

19 

Good 

65 

63 

55 

58 

Excellent 

19 

20 

18 

22 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

30 

17 

Good 

88 

86 

64 

68 

Excellent 

11 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

16 

Poor 

24 

14 

Fair 

16 

16 

24 

22 

Good 

62 

68 

30 

47 

Excellent 

19 

12 

10 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

17 

25 

11 

13 

Good 

62 

54 

65 

70 

Excellent 

19 

19 

24 

16 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

29 

21 

40 

24 

Good 

60 

59 

45 

62 

Excellent 

16 

15 

13 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

17 

14 

Fair 

16 

21 

25 

28 

Good 

60 

62 

46 

42 

Excellent 

20 

13 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

15 

16 

13 

14 

Good 

72 

72 

70 

72 

Excellent 

10 

10 

13 

12