Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition summary – December 2019

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Published Thursday, January 2, 2020

Note: Monthly crop progress reports are published during the winter months. Weekly reports will resume in the spring.

Mostly dry weather across the state during the month of December coincided with a few seasonal snow storms, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Overall, soil moisture supplies declined from the previous report, as did the condition of winter wheat.

Reporters in eastern counties noted moisture was needed and received snow did not contain much moisture content. High winds, detrimental to winter wheat, were also reported. Livestock producers were utilizing feed and supplement sources and/or grazing crop residue.

In southeastern counties, a reporter noted some producers chiseled their wheat crop to help prevent blowing soil.

In the San Luis Valley, a reporter noted hay supplies were mostly adequate, but livestock supplemental feeding was higher than normal due to snow cover.

As of January 1, 2020, snowpack in Colorado was 119 percent measured as percent of median snowfall.

SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current report

Previous report

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Topsoil moisture 

     

Very short  

17 

14 

NA 

NA 

Short  

25 

28 

NA 

NA 

Adequate  

58 

58 

NA 

NA 

Surplus 

-- 

-- 

NA 

NA 

Subsoil moisture 

     

Very short  

19 

12 

NA 

NA 

Short  

28 

25 

NA 

NA 

Adequate  

53 

61 

NA 

NA 

Surplus 

-- 

NA 

NA 

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