Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition summary – week ending April 19, 2020

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Published Saturday, April 25, 2020

Isolated snow showers slowed fieldwork in areas last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

In northeastern counties, planting activities were delayed by moisture and below-freezing temperatures, and reports noted that cold temperatures caused freeze damage in winter wheat.

In east central counties, reports also noted that freezing temperatures damaged winter wheat. Some counties in the district received scattered moisture while others received little or none. Lack of moisture continued to cause concern for producers trying to plan for the growing season ahead.

In the San Luis Valley, another dry week was reported, and moisture was greatly needed. Barley planting continued, but progress was noted as slow.

In southeastern counties, the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report moved more localities into the severe drought classification (D2). Reports noted non-irrigated crop and pasture conditions worsened due to inadequate moisture and high winds. Ranchers were still heavily supplementing their livestock while waiting for moisture to boost pasture growth. Irrigation water supplies were close to normal given current snowpack runoff.

As of April 17, 2020, snowpack in Colorado was 104 percent measured as percent of median snowfall. The Southwest and San Luis Valley were 88 percent and 81 percent, respectively.

Stored feed supplies were rated 2 percent very short, 11 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 42 percent average and 58 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 69 percent average and 31 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Barley 

       

Planted 

58 

36 

56 

44 

Emerged 

-- 

NA 

Corn 

       

Planted 

-- 

Onions 

       

Planted 

16 

10 

23 

41 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Planted 

-- 

16 

30 

Sugarbeets 

       

Planted 

27 

27 

Winter wheat 

       

Pastured 

11 

18 

Jointed 

25 

12 

14 

24 

Cattle and calves 

       

Cows calved 

87 

81 

82 

83 

Sheep and lambs 

       

Ewes lambed 

89 

81 

89 

79 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

4.3 

6.3 

5.7 

4.8 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

14 

17 

Short 

31 

30 

19 

Adequate 

54 

51 

88 

70 

Surplus 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

12 

13 

Short 

21 

22 

15 

26 

Adequate 

66 

65 

81 

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 

NA 

Poor. 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

21 

NA 

13 

NA 

Good 

68 

NA 

72 

NA 

Excellent. 

NA 

NA 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

Poor. 

12 

11 

19 

Fair 

28 

29 

29 

33 

Good 

52 

54 

60 

36 

Excellent. 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

15 

14 

-- 

Poor. 

16 

18 

12 

Fair 

27 

28 

24 

30 

Good 

40 

38 

56 

44 

Excellent. 

17 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor. 

Fair 

20 

21 

18 

18 

Good 

66 

66 

72 

71 

Excellent. 

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