Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Report – Week Ending April 8, 2018

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Published Monday, April 9, 2018

Fieldwork continued to progress last week despite minor precipitation events across the state, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Some areas received scattered moisture last week, but others remained dry and much of the state continued to see adverse effects due to widespread drought conditions. In northwestern counties, the northern mountains saw heavy snow in areas and some rain at lower elevations. A reporter noted that producers were kept out of fields due to rain and melting snow.

Reporters in northeastern counties noted continued dry weather remained a key concern for rangeland and fall planted crop conditions going forward. Irrigation supplies were noted as adequate, with some perennial hay crops receiving irrigation water as well as pre-irrigation of other fields. East central and southeastern reporters noted some moisture was received in area counties, while others remained dry and severe drought along with dropping snowpack was a concern.

A reporter noted that high winds early in the week in Kiowa county damaged the growing winter wheat crop, which was already stressed due to a continued lack of moisture.

Other counties reported multiple rangeland fires and that fire danger remained high due to dry and windy weather.

In southwestern counties, welcome moisture was reported late in the week, but extreme drought conditions persisted. In the San Luis Valley, reporters noted conditions were ideal for barley planting to begin in earnest.

As of April 9, 2018, snowpack in Colorado was 71 percent measured as percent of median snowfall. The Southwest and San Luis Valley were 42 and 43 percent, respectively.

Stored feed supplies were rated 2 percent very short, 19 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.Sheep death loss was 53 percent average and 47 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 79 percent average and 21 percent light.

 CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS 

Commodity 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent)

Barley 

       

Planted .............................................................. 

10 

11 

17 

Onions 

       

Planted .............................................................. 

12 

14 

25 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

       

Planted .............................................................. 

12 

Spring wheat 

       

Planted .............................................................. 

14 

11 

13 

Sugarbeets 

       

Planted .............................................................. 

Winter wheat 

       

Pastured ............................................................. 

14 

Jointed ............................................................... 

Cattle and calves 

       

Cows calved ...................................................... 

69 

57 

68 

72 

Sheep and lambs 

       

Ewes lambed ..................................................... 

73 

61 

43 

58 

         

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

 

Days suitable for fieldwork .................................... 

5.9 

5.7 

4.6 

5.6 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Very short ......................................................... 

23 

25 

12 

Short ................................................................. 

39 

37 

17 

26 

Adequate ........................................................... 

37 

37 

75 

60 

Surplus .............................................................. 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short ......................................................... 

17 

21 

18 

Short ................................................................. 

30 

24 

28 

33 

Adequate ........................................................... 

51 

54 

63 

47 

Surplus .............................................................. 

         

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 .......................................................... 

19 

20 

16 

Poor ................................................................... 

22 

20 

26 

25 

Fair .................................................................... 

32 

34 

36 

32 

Good ................................................................. 

25 

24 

32 

25 

Excellent ........................................................... 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor .......................................................... 

11 

Poor ................................................................... 

14 

17 

18 

15 

Fair .................................................................... 

39 

39 

35 

34 

Good ................................................................. 

38 

31 

34 

35 

Excellent ........................................................... 

Livestock 

       

Very poor .......................................................... 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Poor ................................................................... 

Fair .................................................................... 

21 

22 

17 

24 

Good ................................................................. 

71 

71 

71 

64 

Excellent ...........................................................