Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Summary – Week Ending June 24, 2018

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Published Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Warm temperatures last week interspersed with severe storms continued to push crop growth and maturity, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Eastern districts received mostly isolated moisture, while western and southern counties remained dry.

Northeastern county reporters noted locally heavy moisture was received, coupled with damaging hail. Several reporters stated hail caused isolated, but severe, crop damage in areas. Winter wheat was also noted to be maturing fast due to warm temps. In localities that haven't received moisture, a reporter noted rangeland was suffering with decreased stocking rates reported.

In the east central district, wheat harvest began last week in southern counties. Early observations indicated low test weights were an issue for some producers. Spotty precipitation was also received, with some localities receiving over an inch and others seeing little. A reporter noted prolonged lack of moisture kept producers from getting sunflowers and sorghum planted, with some acres expected not to be planted at all.

In southwestern counties, devastating drought conditions continued without reprieve. Extreme fire danger and actively burning fires continued.

In the San Luis Valley, little moisture was received last week, allowing alfalfa hay harvest to progress quickly. Reporters noted irrigated crops were doing well where water was available, but that rangeland continued to show drought stress. A reporter mentioned some livestock were being sent to sale due to decreased range production and forage shortages.

Southeastern counties received spotty precipitation, but not enough to mitigate extreme drought conditions. Multiple reporters noted sorghum not yet planted wasn't expected to be planted due to severe lack of moisture and short irrigation water supplies.

Statewide, winter wheat was maturing ahead of the average, with 42 percent rated good to excellent, compared with 46 percent good to excellent last year.

Stored feed supplies were rated 7 percent very short, 19 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 76 percent average and 24 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 82 percent average and 18 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 .......................................... 

81 

66 

78 

75 

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

NA 

NA 

Barley 

       

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

60 

33 

49 

38 

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

-- 

NA 

NA 

Dry edible beans 

       

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

83 

58 

93 

88 

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

62 

40 

72 

66 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

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

98 

92 

89 

94 

Sorghum 

       

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

96 

74 

94 

91 

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

72 

50 

68 

62 

Spring wheat 

       

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

96 

93 

94 

99 

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

29 

20 

37 

42 

Sunflowers 

       

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

80 

58 

82 

75 

Winter wheat 

       

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

88 

62 

84 

70 

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

36 

36 

20 

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

-- 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

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

5.6 

6.8 

6.7 

6.5 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

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

17 

23 

13 

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

22 

37 

15 

24 

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

58 

39 

78 

59 

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

Subsoil moisture 

       

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

17 

15 

17 

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

23 

24 

13 

21 

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

60 

61 

81 

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

10 

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

17 

12 

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

32 

28 

29 

26 

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

35 

44 

50 

48 

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

11 

13 

Barley 

       

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

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

-- 

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

30 

28 

19 

19 

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

45 

49 

57 

56 

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

20 

20 

24 

24 

Corn 

       

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

-- 

-- 

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

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

17 

16 

11 

22 

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

65 

70 

68 

55 

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

10 

11 

15 

15 

Dry edible beans 

       

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

22 

22 

-- 

-- 

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

12 

-- 

-- 

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

14 

16 

24 

40 

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

45 

50 

68 

53 

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

Onions 

       

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

-- 

-- 

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

-- 

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

18 

12 

17 

16 

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

67 

83 

67 

67 

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

16 

14 

Pasture and range 

       

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

26 

21 

-- 

12 

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

27 

29 

14 

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

21 

27 

19 

21 

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

24 

21 

65 

44 

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

13 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

NA 

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

-- 

NA 

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

13 

16 

24 

NA 

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

59 

56 

53 

NA 

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

24 

24 

23 

NA 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

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

-- 

-- 

NA 

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

-- 

-- 

NA 

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

27 

24 

NA 

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

44 

52 

77 

NA 

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

23 

24 

15 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

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

-- 

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

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

17 

19 

32 

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

86 

81 

71 

56 

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

-- 

-- 

Spring wheat 

       

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

13 

14 

-- 

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

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

18 

18 

17 

26 

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

59 

58 

79 

64 

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

Sugarbeets 

       

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

-- 

-- 

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

11 

-- 

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

27 

23 

15 

16 

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

48 

61 

65 

65 

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

11 

10 

20 

17 

Winter wheat 

       

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

16 

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

19 

17 

13 

15 

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

33 

25 

36 

27 

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

36 

45 

33 

33 

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

13 

Livestock 

       

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

-- 

-- 

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

-- 

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

20 

16 

11 

18 

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

70 

73 

74 

66 

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

15 

11