Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Summary – May 7, 2018

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Published Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Significant moisture received in several counties helped improve range and dryland crop conditions last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. 

Fieldwork was delayed in areas due to wet conditions but picked up as hot and dry weather finished out the week. Northeastern counties received the most moisture, with upwards of an inch of rain reported in areas. A reporter noted some cattle already stressed by the recent blizzard were ill due to cool and wet conditions. Reporters mentioned moisture improved conditions and prospects across the board for rangeland, winter wheat stands, and other crops. 

East central counties received moisture as well, but amounts varied across the district. Reporters noted winter wheat conditions improved from precipitation and minimal wind. 

Southwestern counties finally saw significant moisture last week. Some counties received over half an inch of precipitation, which helped reduce fire danger and improve winter wheat and rangeland conditions. Reporters noted relief was short-term since drought conditions remained exceptional in areas. 

In the San Luis Valley, conditions remained very dry. Reporters noted fall potato planting progress was excellent last week and that most barley was emerged, although some was replanted. A reporter also noted much of the alfalfa crop was in poor condition and not coming up as expected. Several fields were being considered for replacement. Hay supplies remained short.

Southeastern county reporters noted moisture was minimal and the weather was dry and windy. Extreme drought conditions continued to persist.

As of May 7, 2018, snowpack in Colorado was 56 percent measured as percent of median snowfall. The Southwest and San Luis Valley were 15 and 14 percent, respectively. 

Stored feed supplies were rated 4 percent very short, 15 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. S

heep death loss was 54 percent average and 46 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 78 percent average and 22 percent light.

 CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS 

Commodity 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Barley 

       

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

93 

87 

86 

83 

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

65 

35 

51 

44 

Corn 

       

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

16 

27 

30 

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

-- 

Onions 

       

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

90 

81 

74 

81 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

       

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

46 

10 

30 

18 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

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

60 

41 

74 

66 

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

11 

Spring wheat 

       

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

74 

67 

62 

61 

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

35 

22 

29 

31 

Sugarbeets 

       

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

75 

52 

67 

66 

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

18 

20 

19 

Winter wheat 

       

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

46 

29 

76 

56 

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

-- 

Cattle and calves 

       

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

93 

91 

90 

93 

Sheep and lambs 

       

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

98 

96 

87 

92 

         

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION 

 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

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

4.8 

5.6 

4.8 

4.6 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

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

18 

23 

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

24 

30 

10 

19 

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

57 

46 

83 

67 

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

Subsoil moisture 

       

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

11 

15 

14 

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

24 

28 

23 

27 

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

64 

55 

73 

56 

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

14 

NA 

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

29 

26 

17 

NA 

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

47 

47 

71 

NA 

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

NA 

Pasture and range 

       

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

14 

19 

13 

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

24 

25 

18 

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

31 

32 

38 

30 

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

30 

24 

49 

35 

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

-- 

Winter wheat 

       

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

11 

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

12 

14 

12 

15 

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

30 

31 

39 

32 

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

48 

45 

38 

35 

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

Livestock 

       

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

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

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

13 

12 

15 

22 

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

79 

82 

74 

67 

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