Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Summary – May 27, 2018

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Published Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Planting activities kept pace with the average last week amidst mixed weather, including above normal temperatures and isolated thunderstorms in areas, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

In northwestern counties, reporters noted rangeland was in mostly fair to good condition and that livestock were being turned out for the summer. Water was noted to be started on irrigated meadows.

Northeastern counties received locally heavy rain that delayed fieldwork slightly. Reporter comments noted pasture and dryland crop conditions continued to improve from received moisture and that several producers were able to finish planting corn last week.

In east central counties, scattered moisture and locally severe weather was reported. A reporter noted some producers sprayed for Russian wheat aphid last week. Another comment noted pasture conditions declined where no moisture was received.

Southwestern county reporters noted producers continued to sell off livestock in response to dire drought conditions. A reporter mentioned moisture from isolated storms helped improve topsoil moisture but was not enough to improve overall crop or rangeland conditions.

In the San Luis Valley, potato planting was nearing completion. A reporter noted the alfalfa crop was very uneven in places with fields continuing to be evaluated for replacement. Hay supplies were noted to be short and difficult to find. Some areas received a little moisture early last week.

Southeastern counties saw some measurable precipitation last week, but reporters noted conditions remained dry and spring crops were not emerging without irrigation.

As of May 29, 2018, snowpack in Colorado was 29 percent measured as percent of median snowfall. The Southwest and San Luis Valley were 3 and 2 percent, respectively.

Stored feed supplies were rated 8 percent very short, 19 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 45 percent average and 55 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 71 percent average and 29 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 .......................................... 

11 

10 

Barley 

       

Emerged ............................................................ 

94 

91 

86 

89 

Corn 

       

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

85 

67 

86 

87 

Emerged ............................................................ 

58 

31 

58 

58 

Dry edible beans 

       

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

14 

15 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

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

93 

88 

86 

91 

Emerged ............................................................ 

-- 

NA 

NA 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

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

88 

82 

84 

94 

Emerged ............................................................ 

51 

36 

75 

69 

Sorghum 

       

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

27 

17 

19 

Spring wheat 

       

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

92 

89 

86 

89 

Emerged ............................................................ 

79 

69 

74 

68 

Sugarbeets 

       

Emerged ............................................................ 

84 

62 

88 

81 

Sunflowers 

       

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

Winter wheat 

       

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

96 

86 

97 

93 

Headed .............................................................. 

60 

34 

66 

52 

Turning color .................................................... 

-- 

NA 

NA 

         

 DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION 

 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

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

5.8 

5.4 

4.6 

5.0 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

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

13 

12 

-- 

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

23 

25 

17 

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

61 

60 

85 

65 

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

13 

Subsoil moisture 

       

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

14 

13 

15 

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

20 

24 

20 

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

65 

63 

88 

60 

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

-- 

NA 

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

10 

10 

NA 

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

27 

27 

23 

NA 

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

42 

44 

63 

NA 

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

12 

10 

NA 

Barley 

       

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

-- 

-- 

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

-- 

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

32 

12 

19 

21 

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

45 

73 

54 

56 

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

20 

12 

27 

22 

Corn 

       

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

-- 

NA 

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

NA 

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

NA 

25 

28 

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

84 

NA 

54 

55 

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

NA 

18 

13 

Onions 

       

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

-- 

NA 

-- 

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

NA 

-- 

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

16 

NA 

12 

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

70 

NA 

80 

71 

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

11 

NA 

15 

13 

Pasture and range 

       

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

17 

13 

-- 

10 

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

20 

19 

15 

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

27 

27 

22 

26 

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

31 

40 

65 

41 

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

11 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

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

-- 

NA 

-- 

NA 

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

NA 

-- 

NA 

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

20 

NA 

15 

NA 

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

70 

NA 

70 

NA 

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

NA 

15 

NA 

Spring wheat 

       

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

35 

25 

-- 

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

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

24 

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

45 

56 

90 

71 

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

Sugarbeets 

       

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

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

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

24 

24 

23 

25 

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

54 

58 

70 

61 

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

15 

13 

10 

Winter wheat 

       

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

14 

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

14 

14 

12 

15 

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

25 

31 

34 

29 

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

49 

44 

38 

34 

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

12 

Livestock 

       

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

-- 

-- 

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

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

19 

16 

10 

18 

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

64 

69 

75 

69 

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

12 

10 

14 

10