Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Summary – Week Ending August 19, 2018

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Published Friday, August 24, 2018

Harvest of mature crops progressed last week between precipitation events, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Northeastern county reporters noted limited rain last week allowed producers good field access. Harvest of corn silage and hay continued. Pasture and livestock were reportedly in very good condition in areas that received recent moisture. A reporter in Morgan county noted crops and rangeland continued to show drought stress or failure in drier areas. Livestock producers remained concerned regarding short feed supplies and rangeland conditions that deteriorated due to lack of moisture in areas.

East central counties received varying amounts of precipitation last week. Reporters noted drier areas were still in need of moisture to support maturing crops and rangeland condition.

Barley harvest progressed in the San Luis Valley last week, but was hindered by isolated precipitation. Reporters noted mold or sprout damage to barley was a concern due to rain. Potato harvest also started last week and second cutting of alfalfa was winding down.

In southwestern counties, limited precipitation continued to exacerbate exceptional drought conditions and rangeland fires.

Southeastern county reporters noted last week was mainly dry with spotty rain showers. Crop conditions were noted to be improving with recent moisture, but some areas remained dry.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 3 percent very short, 19 percent short, 74 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 2 percent heavy, 60 percent average, and 38 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 1 percent heavy, 65 percent average, and 34 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Alfalfa hay 

       

2nd cutting harvested ......................................... 

96 

87 

91 

93 

3rd cutting harvested .......................................... 

41 

29 

38 

35 

Barley 

       

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

95 

93 

95 

97 

Harvested .......................................................... 

52 

21 

23 

35 

Corn 

       

Silked ................................................................ 

96 

93 

97 

97 

Doughed ............................................................ 

64 

42 

46 

50 

Dented ............................................................... 

11 

Harvested for silage .......................................... 

Dry edible beans 

       

Blooming .......................................................... 

92 

88 

94 

NA 

Cut .................................................................... 

20 

11 

NA 

NA 

Onions 

       

Harvested .......................................................... 

10 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested .......................................................... 

-- 

NA 

NA 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested .......................................................... 

12 

12 

12 

Sorghum 

       

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

85 

76 

77 

71 

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

17 

10 

15 

23 

Spring wheat 

       

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

90 

76 

94 

89 

Harvested .......................................................... 

42 

13 

11 

24 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

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

6.3 

6.5 

5.9 

6.1 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

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

11 

12 

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

24 

30 

18 

26 

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

62 

54 

75 

63 

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

Subsoil moisture 

       

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

17 

18 

13 

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

25 

25 

19 

26 

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

56 

53 

76 

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

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

15 

17 

14 

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

26 

30 

26 

25 

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

42 

37 

47 

51 

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

12 

Barley 

       

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

-- 

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

-- 

11 

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

27 

34 

34 

24 

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

52 

47 

47 

51 

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

19 

19 

20 

Corn 

       

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

-- 

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

16 

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

24 

26 

16 

21 

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

50 

58 

71 

59 

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

10 

12 

Dry edible beans 

       

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

12 

11 

-- 

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

22 

19 

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

32 

17 

22 

30 

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

28 

47 

74 

59 

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

Onions 

       

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

-- 

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

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

18 

32 

34 

19 

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

67 

52 

48 

62 

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

10 

16 

14 

Pasture and range 

       

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

28 

30 

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

24 

29 

11 

15 

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

27 

24 

22 

27 

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

19 

15 

54 

44 

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

12 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

NA 

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

11 

NA 

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

16 

16 

NA 

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

66 

53 

55 

NA 

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

21 

26 

18 

NA 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

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

-- 

NA 

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

-- 

NA 

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

13 

13 

NA 

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

59 

59 

90 

NA 

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

23 

23 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

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

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

17 

13 

11 

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

31 

23 

13 

30 

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

46 

53 

74 

51 

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

Spring wheat 

       

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

15 

-- 

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

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

18 

14 

28 

29 

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

61 

56 

61 

58 

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

10 

Sugarbeets 

       

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

-- 

-- 

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

-- 

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

25 

18 

13 

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

49 

53 

81 

71 

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

22 

22 

14 

14 

Sunflowers 

       

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

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

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

28 

25 

14 

27 

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

61 

61 

77 

53 

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

Livestock 

       

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

-- 

-- 

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

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

21 

21 

14 

17 

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

63 

66 

74 

71 

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

11 

10