Colorado crop progress and conditions report – week ending November 25, 2018

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Published Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Note: weekly crop progress reports will resume in March 2019. Monthly reports will be issued for December, January and February.

Corn harvest was wrapping up in several localities last week as drier weather prevailed, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Sorghum and sunflower harvest also made good progress last week.

In northeastern counties, producers reported corn yields were good with the exception of areas hailed earlier in the year. A county reporter noted condition of fall seeded winter wheat was concerning due to limited stooling in areas. Lack of precipitation remained an issue for persistently dry parts of the district.

In the San Luis Valley, light snow cover last week didn't remain, but soil moisture supplies remained consistent. Hay supplies were noted as low.

In southeastern counties, harvest progressed last week during drier weather. Extreme winds were observed that put sorghum on the ground in areas.

Statewide, pasture and range condition was rated 29 percent good to excellent, compared with 59 percent rated good to excellent last year.

Stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 25 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 62 percent average and 38 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 53 percent average and 47 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Alfalfa hay 

       

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

94 

90 

NA 

NA 

Corn 

       

Harvested for grain ........................................... 

97 

87 

93 

96 

Sorghum 

       

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

83 

65 

95 

95 

Sunflowers 

       

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

82 

72 

95 

95 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

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

5.7 

4.4 

6.9 

NA 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

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

NA 

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

18 

11 

19 

NA 

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

78 

82 

78 

NA 

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

NA 

Subsoil moisture 

       

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

NA 

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

25 

20 

22 

NA 

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

68 

72 

74 

NA 

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

NA 

CROP, LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE CONDITION

Commodity 

Current week 

Previous week 

Previous year 

5-year average 

 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Pasture and range 

       

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

20 

22 

NA 

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

25 

26 

15 

NA 

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

26 

23 

25 

NA 

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

27 

27 

46 

NA 

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

13 

NA 

Winter wheat 

       

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

NA 

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

11 

NA 

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

34 

30 

27 

NA 

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

49 

53 

52 

NA 

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

10 

14 

NA 

Livestock 

       

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

-- 

NA 

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

NA 

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

14 

13 

11 

NA 

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

78 

75 

81 

NA 

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

NA