Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition summary – week ending July 11, 2021

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Published Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Winter wheat harvest advanced in more counties across the state last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Statewide, the winter wheat crop was rated 54 percent good to excellent, compared to 21 percent good to excellent last year and 54 percent on average.

Northwestern counties continued to experience exceptional drought conditions and fire activity was high. Pasture and rangeland was in mostly poor condition.

In northeastern and east central counties, winter wheat matured quickly and harvest began in more localities. County reports noted some wheat yielded above average despite damage from wheat stem sawfly infestations. Spring crops advanced in the warm weather and irrigation water supplies were adequate. Pasture and rangeland conditions continued to sufficiently support summer grazing but concerns remained if precipitation is inconsistent.

In southwestern counties, very hot temperatures persisted. Winter wheat harvest continued in the district. County reports noted livestock were heavily stressed from heat and drought conditions. Livestock water supplies were low and higher death loss in older cows was reported due to heat and drought. Smoke from western wildfires also caused lung issues in local cattle.

In the San Luis Valley, conditions were dry last week. The first cutting of alfalfa was nearly complete and second cutting was imminent. More barley notably began to color. A county report noted barley previously damaged by hail was cut for hay. Reports also noted hailed potatoes were trying to recover but producers were not optimistic for yields in those fields. Feed supplies remained short but livestock were in mostly good condition.

In southeastern counties, winter wheat harvest moved quickly amidst hot and dry weather. Conditions were also favorable for hay harvest.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 3 percent very short, 20 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 24 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 83 percent average and 17 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 62 percent average and 38 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Alfalfa hay 

       

2nd cutting harvested 

28 

10 

28 

29 

Barley 

       

Headed 

88 

79 

91 

89 

Turning color 

14 

17 

Corn 

       

Silked 

13 

Dry edible beans 

       

Blooming 

12 

16 

Winter wheat 

       

Mature 

84 

52 

92 

84 

Harvested 

19 

65 

47 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.5 

6.7 

6.7 

6.5 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

15 

10 

32 

15 

Short 

21 

21 

34 

26 

Adequate 

63 

66 

34 

56 

Surplus. 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

11 

32 

13 

Short 

28 

28 

38 

25 

Adequate 

60 

62 

30 

60 

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 

12 

Fair 

20 

26 

29 

21 

Good 

51 

44 

44 

54 

Excellent 

19 

20 

13 

Barley 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

10 

10 

Fair 

31 

29 

28 

24 

Good 

36 

40 

47 

51 

Excellent 

17 

15 

16 

20 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

15 

Fair 

20 

17 

33 

20 

Good 

50 

51 

39 

57 

Excellent 

27 

31 

12 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

17 

Poor 

11 

11 

18 

12 

Fair 

31 

32 

31 

25 

Good 

42 

39 

33 

51 

Excellent 

16 

18 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

40 

40 

30 

21 

Good 

46 

46 

59 

69 

Excellent 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

-- 

27 

12 

Poor 

15 

16 

17 

11 

Fair 

31 

35 

33 

26 

Good 

35 

31 

23 

44 

Excellent 

17 

18 

-- 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

13 

10 

Fair 

25 

25 

18 

21 

Good 

42 

42 

56 

53 

Excellent 

18 

21 

21 

23 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

33 

32 

25 

15 

Good 

55 

58 

55 

69 

Excellent 

10 

15 

14 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

21 

Fair 

20 

33 

49 

32 

Good 

54 

42 

22 

51 

Excellent 

26 

25 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

12 

Fair 

25 

25 

27 

18 

Good 

53 

53 

49 

64 

Excellent 

22 

22 

13 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

14 

13 

Fair 

35 

40 

56 

32 

Good 

45 

42 

27 

57 

Excellent 

10 

-- 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

23 

Poor 

14 

11 

22 

12 

Fair 

28 

26 

34 

26 

Good 

43 

44 

20 

40 

Excellent 

11 

16 

14 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

Fair 

19 

20 

20 

13 

Good 

56 

55 

65 

73 

Excellent 

19 

19 

11 

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