Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and conditions report for the week ending June 16, 2019

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Published Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Warmer and drier weather last week accelerated crop development and allowed producers sufficient days in the field, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Isolated severe weather and damaging hail was reported in areas. In northeastern counties, reporters noted warm weather and recent moisture was beneficial for pasture grass growth and dryland crop conditions.

Alfalfa harvest was underway and warm temperatures notably promoted corn growth last week.

In the San Luis Valley, warm temperatures were more favorable for crop development, but a reporter mentioned potatoes were still progressing slowly. New seeding of alfalfa began last week.

Southeastern counties received moisture last week with some hail reported. Alfalfa harvest was behind in these counties and sorghum was noted as slow to emerge.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 22 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 80 percent average and 20 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)

Alfalfa hay 

       

1st cutting harvested 

56 

36 

63 

55 

Barley 

       

Headed 

30 

17 

Corn 

       

Planted 

93 

88 

100 

99 

Emerged 

86 

69 

96 

96 

Dry edible beans 

       

Planted 

41 

14 

57 

66 

Emerged 

13 

38 

38 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Emerged 

66 

39 

91 

79 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Emerged 

95 

85 

96 

95 

Proso millet 

       

Planted 

75 

50 

NA 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Planted 

77 

58 

72 

70 

Emerged 

33 

16 

48 

43 

Sugarbeets 

       

Emerged 

95 

91 

NA 

NA 

Sunflowers 

       

Planted 

61 

35 

55 

52 

Winter wheat 

       

Headed 

92 

83 

96 

97 

Turning color 

20 

57 

47 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.4 

5.6 

6.8 

6.4 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short 

23 

Short 

11 

37 

21 

Adequate 

85 

86 

39 

66 

Surplus. 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

15 

Short 

14 

11 

24 

18 

Adequate 

81 

83 

61 

70 

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 

28 

26 

Good 

63 

63 

44 

51 

Excellent 

21 

20 

13 

Barley 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

15 

17 

28 

19 

Good 

47 

60 

49 

54 

Excellent 

35 

21 

20 

26 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

18 

27 

16 

21 

Good 

68 

63 

70 

62 

Excellent 

10 

11 

15 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

13 

12 

16 

Good 

86 

82 

83 

69 

Excellent 

11 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

21 

Poor 

29 

14 

Fair 

15 

15 

27 

23 

Good 

67 

71 

21 

47 

Excellent 

15 

11 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

NA 

-- 

NA 

Poor 

10 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

30 

NA 

16 

NA 

Good 

40 

NA 

56 

NA 

Excellent 

20 

NA 

24 

NA 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

19 

17 

24 

13 

Good 

73 

64 

52 

69 

Excellent 

17 

24 

18 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

39 

33 

23 

16 

Good 

48 

52 

61 

65 

Excellent 

12 

13 

10 

16 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

17 

14 

Fair 

16 

16 

25 

28 

Good 

55 

59 

45 

40 

Excellent 

24 

21 

10 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

20 

16 

16 

14 

Good 

62 

68 

73 

73 

Excellent 

13 

12 

12