Ag stats: December 2021 Colorado crop progress and condition report

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Published Saturday, January 8, 2022

Exceptionally dry and warm weather persisted across several counties during the month of December, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Productive snowstorms during the latter half of December brought moisture to western counties and the high country, greatly boosting snowpack. Eastern counties remained very dry but received beneficial moisture at the end of December. Low temperatures below zero were noted.

Overall, the entire state remained in moderate to severe drought, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report. Drought conditions worsened in eastern counties and livestock producers continued to utilize winter grazing arrangements where available. Concerns remained for fall-seeded crops and pasture conditions due to severe lack of precipitation.

In southwestern counties, reporters noted snow and rain caused muddy conditions.

The San Luis Valley remained very dry and warm during December. According to county reports, mild weather and lack of snow allowed livestock to remain pastured longer than normal. Producers continued to provide feed supplements due to poor range conditions.

Statewide, winter wheat condition declined with 25 percent of the crop rated good to excellent, compared to 38 percent good to excellent from the previous report and 19 percent good to excellent last year.

As of January 1, 2022, snowpack in Colorado was 123 percent measured as percent of median snowfall.

SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current report

Previous report

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Topsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

48 

50 

33 

NA 

Short 

36 

34 

44 

NA 

Adequate 

11 

16 

23 

NA 

Surplus. 

-- 

-- 

NA 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

34 

51 

35 

NA 

Short 

31 

22 

48 

NA 

Adequate 

30 

27 

17 

NA 

Surplus. 

-- 

-- 

NA 

CROP, LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE CONDITION

Commodity

Current report

Previous report

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

14 

22 

29 

NA 

Poor 

21 

18 

36 

NA 

Fair 

32 

25 

29 

NA 

Good 

25 

28 

NA 

Excellent 

-- 

NA 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

11 

10 

15 

NA 

Poor 

22 

23 

19 

NA 

Fair 

42 

29 

47 

NA 

Good 

25 

35 

18 

NA 

Excellent 

-- 

NA 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

NA 

Poor 

NA 

Fair 

15 

26 

33 

NA 

Good 

71 

43 

49 

NA 

Excellent 

18 

11 

NA 

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