Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and conditions summary – week ending May 31, 2020

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Published Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Warm and dry weather interspersed with isolated moisture advanced spring crop development ahead of average gains for this time of year, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

In northeastern counties, continued hot and windy conditions depleted soil moisture supplies and crop stress from lack of moisture was noticeable. Concern was high for viability of non-irrigated spring crops unless moisture is received. Wheat stem sawfly infestations were also noted throughout the district.

East central counties received needed moisture in areas while others remained dry. Concerns remained regarding deteriorating rangeland and non-irrigated crop conditions. Winter wheat condition continued to decline in areas due to no received moisture. Isolated incidences of stripe rust were also reported in the district. Reports from Kiowa county noted some corn and sorghum producers were not able to plant acreage due to severe lack of moisture. Heavy insect pressure and consequent damage to alfalfa fields was noted in Adams county.

Western counties received moisture in areas, but it was not enough to make a dent in drought conditions.

In the San Luis Valley, a few beneficial rain showers were observed, but overall conditions remained very dry. Potato emergence was well ahead of the average due to increased heat units. Rangeland conditions continued to suffer due to lack of moisture.

In southeastern counties, rangeland that received recent moisture was in better shape compared to drier areas. Livestock producers were notably still feeding stock and feed supplies were shortening. Winter wheat conditions continued to decline with reports of abandonment. Increase insect prevalence was noted in alfalfa.

As of May 29, 2020, snowpack in Colorado was 65 percent measured as percent of median snowfall. The Southwest and San Luis Valley were 14 percent and 3 percent, respectively.

Stored feed supplies were rated 3 percent very short, 16 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 53 percent average and 47 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 77 percent average and 23 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 

25 

11 

20 

15 

Corn 

       

Planted 

97 

91 

76 

87 

Emerged 

84 

61 

42 

61 

Dry edible beans 

       

Planted 

31 

20 

Emerged 

NA 

Onions 

       

Planted 

92 

80 

94 

NA 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Emerged 

43 

13 

14 

10 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Planted 

97 

93 

97 

95 

Emerged 

81 

60 

59 

76 

Proso Millet 

       

Planted 

46 

36 

37 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Planted 

42 

28 

30 

28 

Emerged 

11 

NA 

Sugarbeets 

       

Planted 

99 

91 

NA 

NA 

Emerged 

74 

46 

82 

91 

Sunflowers 

       

Planted 

40 

27 

11 

Winter wheat 

       

Jointed 

98 

92 

95 

NA 

Headed 

67 

46 

62 

74 

Turning color 

-- 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.8 

6.5 

4.4 

5.1 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

22 

22 

Short 

41 

39 

12 

Adequate 

36 

38 

82 

74 

Surplus 

10 

10 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

21 

23 

Short 

34 

28 

10 

13 

Adequate 

45 

49 

81 

77 

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 

10 

Fair 

25 

26 

23 

Good 

55 

50 

65 

55 

Excellent 

16 

14 

Barley 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

-- 

Fair 

23 

29 

16 

19 

Good 

47 

49 

65 

60 

Excellent 

24 

19 

19 

21 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

NA 

NA 

Poor 

NA 

NA 

Fair 

38 

33 

NA 

NA 

Good 

44 

54 

NA 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

NA 

Onions 

       

Very poor 

NA 

-- 

Poor 

NA 

Fair 

26 

NA 

15 

Good 

60 

NA 

88 

72 

Excellent 

NA 

10 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

19 

22 

Poor 

16 

13 

10 

Fair 

33 

29 

16 

20 

Good 

32 

36 

62 

53 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

19 

12 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Very poor 

NA 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

NA 

-- 

Fair 

21 

NA 

17 

12 

Good 

62 

NA 

62 

71 

Excellent 

11 

NA 

19 

17 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

NA 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

NA 

Fair 

30 

NA 

29 

26 

Good 

51 

NA 

60 

61 

Excellent 

13 

NA 

12 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

20 

20 

Poor 

21 

19 

11 

Fair 

28 

29 

16 

26 

Good 

29 

29 

60 

49 

Excellent 

20 

11 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

20 

19 

15 

12 

Good 

65 

69 

72 

74 

Excellent 

10 

10 

12 

 

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