Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report for the week ending May 5, 2019

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Published Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Despite precipitation events and cooler temperatures early in the week, spring planting and fieldwork made substantial gains last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Northeastern and east central county reporters noted early week moisture kept producers out of the field. Snow was received in some localities. A reporter noted most crops looked good, but producers of non-irrigated crops and those with rangeland felt more moisture was needed going forward.

In the southwestern district, snowpack ratings remained above last year. Portions of southernmost counties remained the only counties in the district rated as abnormally dry to experiencing moderate drought, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report.

In the San Luis Valley, a reporter noted cattle producers experienced more cows than normal losing their calf, but the reason was not identified. Lambing was reportedly progressing well. Spring barley planting started to slow down and potato producers made significant progress planting last week. Hay supplies were noted as a little tight.

Southeastern counties received rain last week, slowing progress of corn planting. A reporter mentioned limited hay was being cut and producers were taking action against weed pressure in the crop.

Statewide, winter wheat condition was rated 73 percent good to excellent, compared to 53 percent rated good to excellent last year.

As of May 6, 2019, snowpack in Colorado was 132 percent measured as percent of median snowfall. The Southwest and San Luis Valley were 176 and 139 percent, respectively.

Stored feed supplies were rated 7 percent very short, 16 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 95 percent average and 5 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 7 percent heavy, 81 percent average, and 12 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 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Barley 

       

Planted  

87 

76 

92 

85 

Emerged  

52 

25 

61 

46 

Corn 

       

Planted  

21 

15 

28 

Emerged  

-- 

Onions 

       

Planted  

54 

39 

89 

83 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Planted  

32 

41 

23 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Planted  

44 

29 

57 

69 

Emerged  

-- 

Proso millet 

       

Planted  

NA 

NA 

Sugarbeets 

       

Planted  

83 

58 

72 

73 

Emerged  

27 

17 

20 

Winter wheat 

       

Jointed  

54 

37 

44 

60 

Headed  

-- 

Cattle and calves 

       

Cows calved  

90 

87 

93 

94 

Sheep and lambs 

       

Ewes lambed  

96 

93 

98 

93 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork  

6.1 

5.9 

4.8 

4.5 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short  

-- 

18 

Short  

10 

24 

18 

Adequate  

87 

89 

57 

68 

Surplus  

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short  

-- 

11 

10 

Short  

24 

24 

Adequate  

89 

93 

64 

63 

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  

-- 

-- 

NA 

Poor  

NA 

Fair  

12 

29 

NA 

Good  

74 

82 

47 

NA 

Excellent  

12 

NA 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor  

14 

Poor  

24 

18 

Fair  

21 

26 

31 

31 

Good  

67 

58 

30 

39 

Excellent  

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor  

-- 

-- 

Poor  

12 

12 

Fair  

25 

22 

30 

32 

Good  

59 

60 

48 

42 

Excellent  

14 

16 

Livestock 

       

Very poor  

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor  

Fair  

24 

20 

13 

18 

Good  

63 

67 

79 

72 

Excellent