Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Summary – Week Ending June 10, 2018

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Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Abnormally hot and dry conditions accelerated crop development and fieldwork across Colorado last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Most areas received no moisture last week, but some isolated storms with damaging hail were observed in northeastern counties. 

Northeastern county reporters noted most crops and rangeland were in overall good condition. However, hot temperatures and windy, dry conditions were concerning for non-irrigated crop yields in drier areas. In east central counties, pasture conditions continued to decline due to lack of moisture. Concerns were also noted regarding the effect of no received moisture and hot temperatures on winter wheat test weights.

In southwestern counties, drought conditions persisted with no relief. Fire danger was extremely high with an additional fire reported last week. A reporter noted that many spring crops were not emerging as expected and that irrigation water availability was a fraction of normal. Higher incidences of grasshoppers were also reported.

In the San Luis Valley, reporters noted potatoes were mostly emerged and growing fast. Barley was also starting to head. Rangeland was noted to be in poor condition with decreased production in areas due to lack of moisture.

Southeastern county reporters noted conditions were hot and dry last week, but that alfalfa harvest was moving along and quality was good so far.

Statewide, winter wheat was rated 53 percent good to excellent, compared with 48 percent good to excellent last year.

Stored feed supplies were rated 8 percent very short, 23 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 42 percent average and 58 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 72 percent average and 28 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 .......................................... 

42 

17 

37 

39 

Barley 

       

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

11 

Corn 

       

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

93 

72 

88 

88 

Dry edible beans 

       

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

48 

27 

46 

49 

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

23 

10 

23 

18 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

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

87 

30 

47 

48 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

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

88 

75 

90 

88 

Sorghum 

       

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

63 

47 

45 

51 

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

36 

15 

22 

20 

Spring wheat 

       

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

95 

94 

92 

97 

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

91 

86 

83 

92 

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

11 

13 

Sugarbeets 

       

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

98 

92 

NA 

NA 

Sunflowers 

       

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

38 

18 

27 

32 

Winter wheat 

       

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

92 

76 

95 

88 

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

29 

15 

18 

 DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION 

 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

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

6.9 

6.3 

5.8 

5.8 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

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

21 

18 

11 

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

28 

27 

20 

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

51 

54 

80 

61 

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

-- 

11 

Subsoil moisture 

       

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

13 

14 

15 

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

23 

20 

19 

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

64 

66 

89 

62 

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

11 

11 

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

28 

25 

27 

25 

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

43 

44 

58 

52 

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

12 

12 

Barley 

       

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

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

-- 

-- 

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

26 

26 

18 

20 

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

49 

55 

62 

58 

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

22 

18 

20 

22 

Corn 

       

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

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

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

12 

22 

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

76 

81 

84 

61 

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

12 

Onions 

       

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

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

-- 

-- 

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

29 

30 

38 

19 

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

61 

64 

59 

67 

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

10 

Pasture and range 

       

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

17 

16 

-- 

11 

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

25 

24 

13 

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

31 

24 

14 

21 

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

26 

30 

68 

45 

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

17 

10 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

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

-- 

NA 

NA 

NA 

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

NA 

NA 

NA 

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

15 

NA 

NA 

NA 

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

59 

NA 

NA 

NA 

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

22 

NA 

NA 

NA 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

NA 

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

NA 

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

18 

11 

NA 

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

56 

65 

84 

NA 

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

26 

24 

13 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

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

-- 

NA 

-- 

-- 

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

NA 

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

12 

NA 

21 

27 

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

72 

NA 

73 

67 

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

NA 

Spring wheat 

       

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

15 

15 

-- 

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

-- 

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

15 

20 

26 

28 

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

57 

54 

71 

64 

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

12 

Sugarbeets 

       

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

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

-- 

-- 

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

23 

40 

16 

18 

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

59 

45 

69 

65 

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

17 

15 

15 

15 

Winter wheat 

       

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

17 

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

15 

17 

13 

15 

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

25 

25 

32 

25 

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

46 

46 

33 

33 

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

15 

10 

Livestock 

       

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

-- 

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

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

17 

13 

17 

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

69 

70 

71 

66 

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

10 

13 

19 

12