Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Summary – Week Ending August 26, 2018

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Published Friday, August 31, 2018

Producers made significant harvest gains last week amidst warm weather and isolated precipitation, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. 

Several crops were noted to be progressing a little ahead of the average and last year. Limited seeding of winter wheat also began last week in a few counties. 

Some northwestern counties received needed moisture last week. A reporter noted the precipitation was enough to keep producers from haying in areas. 

In northeastern and east central counties, harvest of several crops picked up due to dry weather last week. In areas that haven't received hail, crop conditions were noted to be above average. A reporter mentioned dryland crop and pasture conditions in drier areas remained a concern for producers. Livestock were reportedly doing well, and some producers began pre-conditioning programs on cattle for weaning. 

In southwestern counties, monsoonal moisture flow was not as productive as expected and there was no relief from exceptional drought conditions. 

In the San Luis Valley, barley harvest continued with only mild interruptions due to scattered storms. Potato harvest moved forward slightly last week with most vines killed. Additionally, a reporter noted production from natural hay meadows was significantly below average, and pasture and rangelands also remained very short. 

In southeastern counties, reporters noted that scattered showers improved pasture and range as well as crop conditions. Received moisture reportedly delayed haying last week. 

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 4 percent very short, 21 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. 

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

Cattle death loss was 66 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 

       

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

56 

41 

52 

47 

4th cutting harvested .......................................... 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Barley 

       

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

77 

52 

53 

53 

Corn 

       

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

78 

64 

61 

71 

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

25 

14 

27 

Mature ............................................................... 

NA 

-- 

-- 

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

16 

Dry edible beans 

       

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

97 

92 

NA 

NA 

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

28 

20 

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

NA 

NA 

NA 

Onions 

       

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

19 

10 

11 

10 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

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

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

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

23 

12 

15 

20 

Sorghum 

       

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

91 

85 

89 

82 

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

37 

17 

24 

30 

Spring wheat 

       

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

95 

90 

96 

95 

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

57 

42 

26 

38 

Winter wheat 

       

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

NA 

-- 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

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

6.7 

6.3 

6.8 

6.2 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

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

11 

11 

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

26 

24 

14 

28 

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

61 

62 

80 

60 

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

Subsoil moisture 

       

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

17 

17 

13 

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

25 

25 

17 

27 

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

56 

56 

80 

59 

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

17 

15 

10 

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

26 

26 

30 

26 

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

41 

42 

53 

51 

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

12 

Corn 

       

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

-- 

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

11 

16 

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

20 

24 

21 

22 

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

57 

50 

62 

56 

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

11 

13 

Dry edible beans 

       

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

11 

12 

-- 

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

23 

22 

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

31 

32 

21 

30 

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

30 

28 

74 

57 

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

Onions 

       

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

-- 

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

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

16 

18 

34 

20 

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

62 

67 

56 

62 

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

10 

13 

Pasture and range 

       

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

26 

28 

-- 

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

24 

24 

10 

16 

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

23 

27 

24 

26 

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

24 

19 

54 

43 

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

12 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

NA 

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

NA 

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

13 

NA 

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

69 

66 

56 

NA 

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

22 

21 

23 

NA 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

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

-- 

NA 

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

-- 

NA 

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

13 

13 

NA 

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

59 

59 

86 

NA 

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

23 

23 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

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

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

14 

17 

11 

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

26 

31 

13 

31 

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

53 

46 

65 

49 

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

Spring wheat 

       

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

11 

-- 

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

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

16 

18 

25 

28 

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

62 

61 

66 

59 

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

10 

Sugarbeets 

       

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

-- 

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

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

33 

25 

14 

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

44 

49 

81 

70 

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

20 

22 

14 

Sunflowers 

       

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

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

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

26 

28 

16 

28 

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

64 

61 

73 

51 

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

Livestock 

       

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

-- 

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

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

18 

21 

14 

19 

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

68 

63 

77 

69 

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

10 

11