Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Summary – Week Ending July 8, 2018

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Published Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Continued drought conditions experienced across much of the State last week had diminished water supplies for both irrigated crops and livestock, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Western and Central Districts received some isolated rainstorms, however western and southern counties remained in extreme to exceptional drought status. Large fires continued to burn in western and southern Colorado.

In northeastern counties, reports of scattered showers kept pasture and livestock conditions in the good to excellent range. Irrigated crops in these counties seemed to have benefited from the heat with corn, millet, sorghum and feed crops rapidly heading towards maturity. Wheat harvest was also well underway in northeastern Colorado.

Reporters in east-central counties stated that hot and dry weather may have distressed row crop conditions. Wheat harvest was finishing up in Kiowa County by week's end.

In Southwest Counties, precipitation provided little relief in the exceptional drought conditions they have been experiencing. The showers seem to have helped with ongoing mountain fires. San Luis Valley reporters noted precipitation ranging from 0" to .25".

Southeastern counties received spotty moisture last week as well. Barley was mostly headed out and first cutting of alfalfa was almost finished. Potatoes were starting to flower and develop tubers.

In Costilla and Huerfano counties, the Spring Creek fire had burned over 107,000 acres by week's end and was 70 percent contained.

Statewide, winter wheat harvested was well ahead of the average at 45 percent complete, compared to 28 percent for the five-year average. Winter wheat was rated 52 percent good to excellent, compared with 43 percent good to excellent last year.

Stored feed supplies were rated 8 percent very short, 25 percent short, and 67 percent adequate.

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

Cattle death loss was 70 percent average and 30 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROacGRESS

Commodity 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Alfalfa hay 

       

1st cutting harvested .......................................... 

97 

91 

97 

94 

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

25 

21 

21 

Barley 

       

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

87 

75 

91 

84 

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

13 

13 

14 

Corn 

       

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

-- 

Dry edible beans 

       

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

89 

82 

97 

NA 

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

20 

Sorghum 

       

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

96 

93 

96 

NA 

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

-- 

Spring wheat 

       

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

52 

50 

79 

82 

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

11 

15 

Winter wheat 

       

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

97 

94 

98 

NA 

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

81 

61 

88 

69 

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

45 

21 

42 

28 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

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

6.5 

6.2 

6.7 

6.2 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

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

21 

18 

12 

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

24 

22 

33 

29 

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

53 

56 

56 

55 

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

Subsoil moisture 

       

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

18 

16 

17 

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

25 

23 

23 

24 

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

57 

61 

70 

57 

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

-- 

-- 

CROP, LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE CONDITION

Commodity 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

 

c

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Alfalfa hay 

       

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

10 

-- 

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

15 

15 

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

27 

33 

27 

24 

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

45 

37 

53 

49 

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

13 

15 

Barley 

       

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

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

-- 

-- 

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

31 

40 

23 

21 

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

47 

42 

55 

55 

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

20 

18 

22 

23 

Corn 

       

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

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

13 

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

23 

17 

15 

20 

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

65 

67 

58 

57 

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

11 

13 

Dry edible beans 

       

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

14 

15 

-- 

-- 

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

16 

14 

11 

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

19 

11 

27 

35 

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

39 

57 

56 

55 

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

12 

Onions 

       

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

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

34 

40 

20 

16 

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

60 

55 

73 

67 

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

13 

Pasture and range 

       

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

23 

21 

12 

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

28 

30 

14 

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

25 

24 

28 

23 

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

23 

23 

59 

43 

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

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

NA 

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

NA 

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

16 

20 

16 

NA 

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

54 

45 

50 

NA 

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

26 

30 

31 

NA 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

NA 

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

-- 

NA 

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

13 

NA 

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

74 

65 

84 

NA 

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

16 

21 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

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

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

10 

10 

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

15 

13 

31 

36 

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

70 

77 

52 

47 

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

Spring wheat 

       

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

20 

15 

-- 

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

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

20 

25 

21 

30 

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

51 

46 

73 

61 

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

13 

Sugarbeets 

       

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

-- 

-- 

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

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

20 

26 

15 

15 

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

57 

54 

67 

66 

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

14 

12 

17 

17 

Winter wheat 

       

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

16 

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

15 

18 

15 

15 

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

29 

29 

36 

27 

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

49 

41 

34 

33 

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

Livestock 

       

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

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

-- 

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

16 

20 

11 

17 

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

72 

66 

75 

69 

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

10 

14 

11