Colorado crop progress and condition summary – week ending September 2, 2018

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Published Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Conditions last week were generally ideal for fieldwork, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Harvest and maturity of several crops proceeded well ahead of the average.

Northeastern and east central counties experienced mixed conditions last week varying between hot weather and cooler, overcast days. Minimal moisture was received, causing further concern in drier areas regarding fall planting and pasture conditions. A reporter noted corn fields damaged by hail and tornadoes on July 29th were being swathed or cut for silage. Other storm-affected corn fields with little viable plant material were being turned under. Some livestock producers in drought-stressed areas of these counties were reportedly utilizing other grazing options, such as CRP. Demand for surplus feed supplies was noted to be very strong.

Southwestern counties received some scattered moisture, but it made no dent in the drought and conditions remained dire for producers.

In the San Luis Valley, some localities received upwards of 0.75 inches of moisture at week's end. Potato harvest started to pick up while barley harvest neared completion for several producers. Livestock were reportedly doing well despite drought-stressed rangeland conditions.

In southeastern counties, reporters noted scattered moisture was received last week. A reporter mentioned alfalfa hay quality decreased due to increased incidence of weeds from recent rains.

Statewide, corn was rated 72 percent good to excellent, compared to 55 percent good to excellent last year. Stored feed supplies were rated 3 percent very short, 16 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

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

Cattle death loss was 65 percent average and 35 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 .......................................... 

65 

56 

64 

59 

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

NA 

NA 

Barley 

       

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

86 

77 

73 

72 

Corn 

       

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

94 

78 

78 

86 

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

45 

25 

29 

45 

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

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

34 

16 

11 

13 

Dry edible beans 

       

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

52 

28 

11 

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

23 

NA 

NA 

Onions 

       

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

45 

19 

16 

17 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

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

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

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

34 

23 

18 

32 

Sorghum 

       

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

94 

91 

94 

89 

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

60 

37 

43 

43 

Spring wheat 

       

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

66 

57 

48 

52 

Winter wheat 

       

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

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

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

6.7 

6.7 

6.9 

6.4 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

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

10 

11 

10 

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

29 

26 

20 

30 

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

60 

61 

78 

58 

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

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

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

13 

17 

14 

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

22 

25 

22 

30 

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

63 

56 

77 

55 

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 

17 

13 

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

24 

26 

27 

26 

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

50 

41 

55 

50 

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

11 

Corn 

       

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

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

11 

12 

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

20 

20 

32 

26 

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

66 

57 

48 

50 

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

12 

Dry edible beans 

       

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

11 

-- 

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

24 

23 

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

25 

31 

23 

31 

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

38 

30 

68 

54 

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

Onions 

       

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

-- 

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

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

11 

16 

22 

17 

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

71 

62 

67 

65 

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

13 

Pasture and range 

       

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

22 

26 

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

26 

24 

10 

16 

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

20 

23 

26 

27 

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

30 

24 

52 

42 

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

11 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

NA 

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

NA 

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

11 

12 

NA 

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

60 

69 

56 

NA 

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

24 

22 

25 

NA 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

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

-- 

NA 

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

-- 

NA 

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

13 

13 

NA 

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

61 

59 

84 

NA 

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

21 

23 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

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

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

14 

11 

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

26 

26 

17 

32 

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

62 

53 

68 

49 

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

Sugarbeets 

       

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

-- 

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

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

25 

33 

10 

15 

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

50 

44 

76 

67 

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

21 

20 

10 

15 

Sunflowers 

       

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

-- 

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

10 

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

27 

26 

15 

28 

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

67 

64 

81 

52 

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

Livestock 

       

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

-- 

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

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

15 

18 

14 

19 

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

75 

68 

79 

69 

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

10