Technology is quickly spreading from urban streets to rural farmland. Innovations in agricultural technology are enabling farmers to multiply their yields while using resources more efficiently. According to Dr. Greg Graff of Colorado State University, "The technological improvements in agriculture over the last half of the century--of which Colorado farmers and agribusinesses are at the forefront--have doubled our production capacity while using the same amount of resources." But what are these advancements, exactly?
Fieldwork activities continued on pace last week in Colorado amidst minimal precipitation, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
- USDA Service Center CLOSED - Monday, October 8th in observance of Columbus Day Holiday
- MFP - Market Facilitation Program - SIGNUP DEADLINE January 15,2019
- Apply for Livestock Forage Program - Call office for appointment - SIGNUP DEADLINE DECEMBER 31, 2018 (see note below)
- ACREAGE REPORTING DEADLINE - 2019 planted wheat, perennial grasses, alfalfa and triticale
All wheat production in Colorado, estimated at 70.50 million bushels, is down 20 percent from 2017, according to the September 1 Agricultural Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. All wheat yield was 36.1 bushels per acre, down 7.1 bushels per acre from a year ago.
The number of cattle and calves on feed for the slaughter market in Colorado feedlots with a capacity of 1,000 head or larger was estimated at 900,000 head as of September 1, 2018. The latest inventory was 1 percent above last month and 5 percent above the September 1, 2017 inventory.
Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 190,000 head of fed cattle during August 2018. This was 12 percent above last month's marketings, but no change from the marketings one year earlier.
United States Highlights
- Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.77 billion pounds in August, up 3 percent from the 4.63 billion pounds produced in August 2017.
- Beef production, at 2.43 billion pounds, was 1 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.98 million head, up 1 percent from August 2017. The average live weight was down 1 pound from the previous year, at 1,344 pounds.
Friday, the Colorado Department of Agriculture's, State Veterinarian's Office, was notified that a second Colorado horse has tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). While both horses reside in Weld County, the two cases are unrelated.
AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Hot and dry weather was widespread with reported isolated precipitation throughout the state last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.
In northeastern counties, winter wheat planting progressed well despite dry soil conditions. Livestock were reportedly in good condition, with producers marketing calves to alleviate using forage.
Northeastern and east central counties noted winter wheat being seeded into dry topsoil.
UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS
August Prices Received Index Decreased 2.2 Percent
The August Prices Received Index (Agricultural Production), at 89.5, decreased 2.2 percent from July 2018. At 89.9, the Crop Production Index increased 3.6 percent. The Livestock Production Index, at 89.3, decreased 6.4 percent.
Producers received lower prices for broilers, hogs, grapes, and soybeans more than offset higher prices for milk, wheat, lettuce, and lemons.
Colorado inventory of all hogs and pigs on September 1, 2018 was 780,000 head, up 3 percent from June 1, 2018 and up 3 percent from last year. Breeding inventory, at 155,000 head, was unchanged from the previous quarter, but down 5,000 head from last year. Market hog inventory, at 625,000 head, was up 3 percent from last quarter and up 4 percent from last year.