Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and conditions report – week ending September 20, 2020

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Published Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Warm and dry weather persisted last week, allowing good harvest progress of spring crops and hay, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

In northeastern counties, corn silage harvest picked up quickly due to dry weather and producers were preparing for grain harvest. County reports noted non-irrigated spring crop yields were below expectations. Producers were also actively seeding winter wheat. Livestock producers continued to provide supplemental feed and pull cattle off native grass as pasture conditions remained poor.

In east central counties, dry weather prevailed, and harvest of several spring crops progressed. More producers began limited harvest of corn for grain. Prior cold temperatures in areas were enough to freeze crops and stop further growing season progress.

Conditions in southwestern counties remained very dry and stricken by drought. Harvest of crops including dry beans progressed from the prior week.

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MAP Colorado Drought Conditions - September 15, 2020 - National Drought Mitigation Center
Colorado Drought Conditions - September 15, 2020. Courtesy National Drought Mitigation Center

In the San Luis Valley, weather was ideal for potato harvest and producers made very good progress. The third cutting of alfalfa progressed but was still delayed slightly by prior snowy weather.

In southeastern counties, dry conditions allowed corn silage and alfalfa harvest to progress quickly. County reports noted corn for grain was quickly drying down.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 7 percent very short, 33 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 68 percent average and 32 percent light.

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

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Alfalfa hay 

       

3rd cutting harvested 

76 

68 

79 

83 

4th cutting harvested 

22 

13 

28 

25 

Corn 

       

Dented 

93 

87 

72 

85 

Mature 

42 

27 

18 

29 

Harvested for grain 

Harvested for silage 

68 

43 

44 

62 

Dry edible beans 

       

Cut 

56 

33 

38 

51 

Harvested 

12 

15 

25 

Onions 

       

Harvested 

53 

25 

35 

56 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

       

Harvested 

30 

11 

33 

24 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested 

67 

53 

53 

59 

Proso Millet 

       

Harvested 

66 

50 

52 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Turning color 

87 

75 

79 

86 

Mature 

47 

35 

24 

24 

Harvested 

15 

-- 

-- 

Sugarbeets 

       

Harvested 

21 

NA 

NA 

Winter wheat 

       

Planted 

45 

30 

37 

38 

Emerged 

13 

15 

14 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.9 

4.9 

6.7 

6.5 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

25 

34 

Short 

43 

38 

30 

31 

Adequate 

31 

27 

63 

61 

Surplus. 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

32 

38 

Short 

43 

39 

30 

29 

Adequate 

25 

23 

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 

Poor 

17 

10 

Fair 

22 

25 

21 

Good 

49 

53 

71 

57 

Excellent 

11 

10 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

16 

17 

-- 

Poor 

19 

16 

Fair 

26 

27 

19 

22 

Good 

34 

35 

65 

58 

Excellent 

13 

13 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

27 

22 

Fair 

36 

41 

32 

27 

Good 

35 

33 

50 

56 

Excellent 

10 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

-- 

NA 

Poor 

-- 

NA 

Fair 

24 

24 

NA 

Good 

62 

62 

89 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

21 

23 

Poor 

30 

34 

13 

Fair 

32 

32 

25 

25 

Good 

17 

11 

57 

47 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

13 

Fair 

18 

19 

33 

20 

Good 

53 

46 

44 

53 

Excellent 

19 

16 

20 

22 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

11 

18 

Poor 

21 

21 

Fair 

48 

42 

25 

26 

Good 

17 

17 

62 

60 

Excellent 

10 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

27 

25 

12 

13 

Good 

53 

54 

75 

68 

Excellent 

10 

12 

16 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

11 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

25 

34 

-- 

Fair 

39 

41 

22 

25 

Good 

23 

15 

67 

61 

Excellent 

11 

10 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

32 

32 

12 

Good 

50 

51 

77 

76 

Excellent 

10 

13 

11 

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