Fourth case of Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) identified in Colorado in 2018.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:
- DECEMBER 6th- County Committee Ballot count - 9:00 a.m.
- DECEMBER 11th- FARM LOAN Personnel in Eads Service Center County Committee Meeting - TBA
- DECEMBER 31, 2018- DEADLINE to apply for 2018 (LFP) Livestock Forage Program - EXTENDED to JANUARY 15th, 2019
October index down by 3.5 percent.
Too much salt in the soil can ruin crops and render fields useless for farming.
The 2018 Farm Service Agency County Committee Elections began November 5, when ballots were mailed to eligible voters. The deadline to return the ballots to local FSA offices is December 3, 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.
Colorado State University's Rural Energy Center is offering free economic feasibility assessments for Colorado farms interested in learning their cost-benefit for use of solar energy. The Center has already conducted feasibility assessments for 30 irrigated farms and 10 feedlots and has just expanded the program to greenhouses and dairies as well.
UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS
Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.90 billion pounds in October, up 6 percent from the 4.64 billion pounds produced in October 2017.
Beef production, at 2.43 billion pounds, was 5 percent above the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.96 million head, up 6 percent from October 2017. The average live weight was up 2 pounds from the previous year, at 1,363 pounds.
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 1,020,000 head as of November 1, 2018. The latest inventory was 4 percent above last month and 4 percent above the November 1, 2017 inventory.
Cattle feeders with 1,000 head or larger capacity marketed an estimated 150,000 head of fed cattle during October 2018. This was the same as last month's marketings and the same as the November 2017 marketings.
Harvest and fieldwork activities continued last week where conditions allowed, but was delayed in areas due to continued adverse weather and field conditions, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.
In northeastern counties, warmer midweek weather allowed harvest to advance and corn harvest was noted as nearing completion. Sugarbeet harvest was virtually complete. Sorghum and sunflower harvest also picked up last week. A reporter noted cattle were being moved to corn stalks or other winter pasture.