Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Summary – Week Ending June 17, 2018

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Published Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Soil moisture supplies diminished due to very hot and dry conditions last week, although beneficial weekend moisture was received in several areas, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. 

Reporters in northeastern counties noted crops and livestock in areas that received moisture were doing well. A reporter noted dryland crop and rangeland conditions remained a concern for producers in areas that were drier. A reporter also noted some irrigated corn stands were uneven due to earlier dry field conditions.

East central county reporters noted sporadic precipitation was received last week, but the majority of localities remained dry. Above normal temperatures and dry weather continued to deteriorate crop and pasture conditions. 

Some southwestern counties received much needed moisture at week's end, with over an inch reported in areas. However, all conditions remained dire and affected by prolonged extreme drought. Early last week, the San Juan National Forest closed due to fires, affecting livestock producers with grazing permits. 

In the San Luis Valley, isolated rain was received but rangeland remained stressed from prolonged dry conditions. A reporter noted the alfalfa crop looked better with harvest moving along. Potatoes were noted to be growing fast and barley was in good shape. 

Southeastern counties received limited moisture with isolated hail observed last week. Livestock producers were reported to be putting out supplemental feed and liquidating herds due to drought and limited rangeland grass production. A reporter noted regrowth on alfalfa after harvest was poor due to lack of moisture. 

Statewide, winter wheat was rated 51 percent good to excellent, compared with 41 percent good to excellent last year. 

Stored feed supplies were rated 7 percent very short, 18 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. 

Sheep death loss was 56 percent average and 44 percent light. 

Cattle death loss was 77 percent average and 23 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 .......................................... 

66 

42 

57 

57 

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

NA 

NA 

NA 

Barley 

       

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

33 

11 

20 

16 

Corn 

       

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

97 

93 

95 

95 

Dry edible beans 

       

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

58 

48 

76 

73 

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

40 

23 

46 

42 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

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

92 

87 

76 

79 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

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

97 

88 

96 

96 

Sorghum 

       

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

74 

63 

80 

73 

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

50 

36 

50 

41 

Spring wheat 

       

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

93 

91 

86 

96 

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

20 

11 

17 

26 

Sunflowers 

       

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

58 

38 

62 

53 

Winter wheat 

       

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

97 

92 

97 

93 

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

62 

29 

57 

43 

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

-- 

11 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

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

6.8 

6.9 

6.6 

6.4 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

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

23 

21 

12 

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

37 

28 

14 

22 

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

39 

51 

82 

62 

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

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

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

15 

13 

15 

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

24 

23 

11 

21 

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

61 

64 

86 

61 

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

12 

11 

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

28 

28 

28 

26 

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

44 

43 

53 

51 

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

10 

13 

Barley 

       

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

-- 

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

-- 

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

28 

26 

20 

21 

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

49 

49 

54 

55 

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

20 

22 

26 

23 

Corn 

       

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

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

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

16 

12 

14 

23 

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

70 

76 

71 

58 

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

11 

12 

14 

Dry edible beans 

       

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

22 

NA 

-- 

NA 

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

NA 

-- 

NA 

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

16 

NA 

27 

NA 

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

50 

NA 

66 

NA 

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

NA 

NA 

Onions 

       

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

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

-- 

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

12 

29 

31 

16 

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

83 

61 

59 

68 

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

10 

13 

Pasture and range 

       

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

21 

17 

-- 

10 

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

29 

25 

14 

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

27 

31 

20 

22 

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

21 

26 

65 

45 

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

13 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

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

-- 

-- 

NA 

NA 

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

NA 

NA 

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

16 

15 

NA 

NA 

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

56 

59 

NA 

NA 

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

24 

22 

NA 

NA 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

NA 

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

NA 

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

24 

18 

NA 

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

52 

56 

81 

NA 

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

24 

26 

14 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

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

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

17 

12 

14 

29 

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

81 

72 

79 

63 

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

-- 

Spring wheat 

       

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

14 

15 

-- 

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

-- 

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

18 

15 

25 

28 

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

58 

57 

72 

63 

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

12 

Sugarbeets 

       

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

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

-- 

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

23 

23 

11 

16 

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

61 

59 

72 

66 

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

10 

17 

17 

16 

Winter wheat 

       

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

15 

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

17 

15 

14 

16 

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

25 

25 

39 

27 

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

45 

46 

31 

33 

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

10 

Livestock 

       

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

-- 

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

-- 

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

16 

17 

11 

17 

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

73 

69 

72 

69 

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

10 

17 

11