Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report for the week ending June 23, 2019

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Published Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Widespread precipitation in several areas of the state limited fieldwork last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. 

Crop development and emergence continued to lag behind the average due to cool temperatures.

In northwestern counties, significant snowfall was reported in the high country. A reporter mentioned subsequent irrigation supplies should remain strong. Rangeland grass was in need of warmer weather to promote growth.

In northeastern counties, dryland crops and rangeland benefitted from varying amounts of moisture. A reporter mentioned conditions were ideal for wheat grain fill, but more heat units were needed to bring winter wheat to maturity. Rain and cool temperatures last week slowed crop development and hindered alfalfa hay harvest.

East central county reporters also noted significant precipitation and cool temperatures delayed fieldwork and kept crop growth behind. A reporter in Adams County noted low levels of wheat stripe rust were found.

In the San Luis Valley, scattered moisture was reported last week along with isolated hail. First cutting of alfalfa was progressing well. A reporter mentioned conditions were outstanding for barley stooling and the crop was rated in mostly good to excellent condition. Potato emergence and development remained behind, with plants still emerging in late-planted fields. Reporters noted nighttime temperatures dropped near or below freezing last week. Livestock were reportedly in good condition and being moved to mountain pastures.

In southeastern counties, damaging hail was reported on Saturday and producers were assessing crop conditions. A reporter noted more rain was received last week with up to 4 inches reported in one locality. Alfalfa hay condition was noted as poor due to unfavorable timing of moisture during harvest. A reporter noted oats were being cut for forage last week.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 6 percent very short, 27 percent short, 60 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 1 percent heavy, 86 percent average, and 13 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 1 percent heavy, 92 percent average, and 7 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 

69 

56 

79 

75 

Barley 

       

Headed 

16 

56 

38 

Corn 

       

Planted 

95 

93 

100 

100 

Emerged 

93 

86 

99 

99 

Dry edible beans 

       

Planted 

54 

41 

79 

85 

Emerged 

20 

13 

59 

62 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Emerged 

90 

66 

97 

93 

Proso millet 

       

Planted 

82 

75 

NA 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Planted 

90 

77 

93 

90 

Emerged 

58 

33 

69 

64 

Sunflowers 

       

Planted 

71 

61 

77 

75 

Winter wheat 

       

Headed 

95 

92 

99 

99 

Turning color 

44 

20 

84 

75 

Mature 

-- 

31 

21 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

4.6 

6.4 

5.6 

6.3 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

17 

Short 

11 

22 

20 

Adequate 

84 

85 

58 

68 

Surplus. 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

17 

10 

Short 

11 

14 

23 

18 

Adequate 

81 

81 

60 

70 

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 

10 

Poor 

17 

Fair 

10 

32 

27 

Good 

68 

63 

35 

49 

Excellent 

14 

21 

13 

Barley 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

19 

15 

30 

19 

Good 

49 

47 

45 

54 

Excellent 

28 

35 

20 

25 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

27 

18 

17 

19 

Good 

63 

68 

65 

61 

Excellent 

10 

10 

15 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

18 

15 

Good 

88 

86 

67 

67 

Excellent 

12 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

26 

Poor 

27 

14 

Fair 

19 

15 

21 

21 

Good 

58 

67 

24 

47 

Excellent 

19 

15 

10 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

10 

Fair 

25 

30 

13 

22 

Good 

51 

40 

59 

55 

Excellent 

19 

20 

24 

18 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

17 

19 

27 

14 

Good 

73 

73 

44 

66 

Excellent 

23 

19 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

NA 

Poor 

NA 

Fair 

22 

NA 

28 

Good 

67 

NA 

86 

64 

Excellent 

NA 

-- 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

11 

Fair 

28 

39 

27 

18 

Good 

59 

48 

48 

60 

Excellent 

12 

12 

11 

17 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

19 

14 

Fair 

16 

16 

33 

29 

Good 

51 

55 

36 

39 

Excellent 

29 

24 

10 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

21 

20 

20 

15 

Good 

61 

62 

70 

72 

Excellent 

13 

13 

12 

 

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