Colorado crop progress and condition summary – week ending September 9, 2018

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Published Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Conditions for fieldwork were mixed last week, but planting and harvesting activities continued around scattered moisture events early in the week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

In northeastern counties, warm and dry weather allowed producers to make good progress harvesting corn silage. Producers were reportedly beginning to seed winter wheat or preparing equipment to do so. Soil conditions were noted to be mostly favorable for winter wheat seeding. In drier areas, pasture and range conditions continued to deteriorate and livestock producers were searching for alternative feed sources.

In east central counties, early week moisture also made conditions favorable for planting winter wheat in areas. A reporter noted cool weather slowed maturity of some crops.

In southwestern counties, welcome moisture was received last week. Heavy in areas, a reporter noted one location received 1.25 inches of rain in under 2 hours. However, widespread drought conditions persisted.

In the San Luis Valley, rain slowed barley harvest in areas, although most producers made good progress when weather allowed. Potato harvest was noted to be slow last week.

Southeastern county reporters noted good moisture was received last week and contributed to favorable conditions for winter wheat seeding and emergence. The wet weather was enough in areas to delay alfalfa harvest and winter wheat seeding slightly. A reporter noted damp and cool conditions slowed the maturity of grain sorghum, but helped rangeland recover somewhat from extreme drought conditions this year. A reporter also mentioned some corn intended for grain was being harvested for silage due to damage from lack of moisture earlier in the season.

Stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 16 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 60 percent average and 40 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 3 percent heavy, 66 percent average, and 31 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 .......................................... 

74 

65 

72 

67 

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

13 

Barley 

       

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

92 

86 

84 

87 

Corn 

       

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

95 

94 

89 

94 

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

72 

45 

51 

65 

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

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

55 

34 

29 

31 

Dry edible beans 

       

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

69 

52 

29 

25 

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

35 

23 

NA 

NA 

Onions 

       

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

66 

45 

32 

27 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

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

13 

11 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

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

45 

34 

28 

47 

Sorghum 

       

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

98 

94 

97 

94 

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

75 

60 

62 

58 

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

-- 

10 

Spring wheat 

       

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

79 

66 

67 

68 

Winter wheat 

       

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

10 

13 

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

NA 

-- 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

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

6.0 

6.7 

7.0 

5.8 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

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

10 

10 

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

29 

29 

27 

27 

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

59 

60 

68 

61 

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

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

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

14 

13 

13 

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

24 

22 

25 

28 

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

60 

63 

69 

57 

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

14 

12 

11 

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

25 

24 

23 

23 

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

44 

50 

58 

53 

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

12 

Corn 

       

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

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

13 

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

21 

20 

28 

25 

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

63 

66 

48 

50 

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

10 

12 

Dry edible beans 

       

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

-- 

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

22 

24 

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

18 

25 

18 

30 

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

48 

38 

73 

54 

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

Onions 

       

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

-- 

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

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

11 

19 

15 

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

72 

71 

67 

66 

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

14 

Pasture and range 

       

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

22 

22 

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

23 

26 

10 

16 

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

22 

20 

27 

27 

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

31 

30 

50 

43 

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

12 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

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

-- 

-- 

-- 

NA 

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

11 

NA 

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

15 

11 

16 

NA 

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

53 

60 

55 

NA 

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

28 

24 

18 

NA 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

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

-- 

-- 

NA 

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

-- 

NA 

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

13 

11 

NA 

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

69 

61 

85 

NA 

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

20 

21 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

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

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

10 

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

26 

26 

10 

30 

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

60 

62 

77 

52 

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

10 

Sugarbeets 

       

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

-- 

-- 

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

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

31 

25 

10 

14 

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

48 

50 

72 

67 

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

19 

21 

14 

16 

Sunflowers 

       

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

-- 

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

12 

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

28 

27 

13 

27 

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

67 

67 

74 

49 

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

Livestock 

       

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

-- 

-- 

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

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

13 

15 

14 

18 

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

77 

75 

79 

71 

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