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Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending October 21, 2018

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Hard freezes in several areas last week ended the growing season, as producers continued harvest and fall planting where conditions allowed, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Winter wheat planted was nearly complete by week's end and hard freezes aided crop dry down.

Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending October 14, 2018

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Rain and snowfall in several areas of the state delayed fieldwork and harvest activities last week. Soil moisture supplies improved from received moisture.

In northeastern and east central counties, reporters mentioned snow and rain delayed fieldwork but harvest of several crops continued as conditions allowed. Crops still to be harvested will dry down fast after the freezing temperatures last week, a reporter noted. Received moisture improved conditions for seeding winter wheat, as well as helping pasture conditions going forward.

Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending October 7, 2018

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Widespread moisture received across the state last week brought welcome relief to areas suffering from drought but delayed fieldwork, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

In northwestern counties, a reporter noted much needed rain was received last week that helped alleviate dry conditions, at least for the short term.

Drought unchanged in Colorado – worst conditions in the nation

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Despite rain in western Colorado this week, half of the state remains in the two worst drought categories. Most of the southwest quarter of the state is in exceptional drought, with much of the remainder of western Colorado in extreme conditions. Neighboring portions of Utah, Arizona and New Mexico are experiencing similar drought issues and, collectively, are under worst drought impacts in the United States.