Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition summary – week ending November 29, 2020

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Published Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Note: This report concludes the weekly crop progress report for 2020. Next year's Colorado weekly report will begin in March 2021. 

Monthly reports will be released for December in early January 2021; for January in late January 2021; and for February in late February 2021.  

A mid-week storm brought needed moisture to a few areas and improved soil moisture conditions, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Eastern counties received good moisture in areas while others remained extremely dry. Precipitation provided short-term relief to dry conditions, but much more moisture is needed to sustain the winter wheat crop and improve pasture condition. Livestock producers continued to cull herds in response to drought and utilize winter grazing arrangements where available.

Western counties received light moisture in areas, but exceptional drought conditions remained.

Cold temperatures and snow were observed in the San Luis Valley last week, but overall conditions were dry.

According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, 74.6 percent of the state was experiencing extreme to exceptional drought (D3 to D4), up 0.6 percentage point from the prior week.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 33 percent short, 53 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 81 percent average and 19 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 92 percent average and 8 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Winter wheat 

       

Emerged 

95 

94 

95 

98 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

5.7 

6.8 

NA 

NA 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

42 

50 

NA 

NA 

Short 

41 

37 

NA 

NA 

Adequate 

17 

13 

NA 

NA 

Surplus. 

-- 

-- 

NA 

NA 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

36 

45 

NA 

NA 

Short 

46 

40 

NA 

NA 

Adequate 

18 

15 

NA 

NA 

Surplus. 

-- 

-- 

NA 

NA 

CROP, LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE CONDITION

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

29 

33 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

42 

37 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

23 

24 

NA 

NA 

Good 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

NA 

NA 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

17 

19 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

21 

24 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

42 

40 

NA 

NA 

Good 

20 

16 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

-- 

NA 

NA 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

31 

31 

NA 

NA 

Good 

53 

52 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

NA 

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