agriculture

Ag statistics: August grain stock report – mountain states

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ARIZONA 

Off-farm corn stocks in Arizona on September 1, 2018 were 1.63 million bushels, up 27 percent from September 1, 2017, according to the September 1 Agricultural Survey and September Grain Stocks Report conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Off-farm barley stocks totaled 140,000 bushels, down 12 percent from last year. 

USDA Update - September 22, 2018

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IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER:

  • SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30 - LAST DAY FOR EMERGENCY GRAZING
  • MFP - Market Facilitation Program - SIGNUP DEADLINE January 15, 2019
  • Apply for Livestock Forage Program - Call office for appointment - SIGNUP DEADLINE DECEMBER 31, 2018
  • NAP COVERAGE DEADLINE- December 1, native grass 
  • FARM LOAN Personnel in Kiowa County Service Center - Tuesday, October 9 
  • County Committee Meeting - TBA

Colorado agriculture photo contest entries open through December

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Colorado's agricultural landscapes provide the perfect subject for photographers. It's once again time to capture the "spirit" of Colorado agriculture through pictures. The 21st annual "Colorado...it's AgriCultural" photography contest is seeking entries as a way to celebrate the state's agricultural heritage.

"It is always exciting to see how people capture the beauty of agriculture in photos," said Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown. "The diversity of Colorado agriculture truly shines in this contest."

Cargill recalls 66 tons of beef for suspected E. coli contamination

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Cargill Meat Solutions in Fort Morgan is recalling 132,606 pounds of ground beef products that may be contaminated with Escherichia coli O26, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced Wednesday.

The ground beef items were produced and packaged June 21, 2018. The following products are subject to recall:

Colorado crop progress and condition summary – week ending September 16, 2018

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Hot and dry weather accelerated crop maturity and harvest activities last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. 

Northwestern counties received no moisture, and new fires were reported. In northeastern counties, winter wheat planting slowed slightly due to dry conditions. Reporters noted early sugar beet harvest was also underway and millet harvest progressed well last week. Livestock were reportedly in good condition, with producers starting to wean calves.

Vote on millet marketing order narrowly fails

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A referendum to establish a millet marketing order funded by an assessment on every bushel of millet sold in Colorado failed. A total of 308 votes were received, with 164 "no" votes and 144 "yes" votes.

The High Plains Millet Association spearheaded the effort to establish a marketing order following legislation that passed this year to include millet in the Marketing Act of 1939.

Colorado crop production highlights – August 2018

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Based on September 1 conditions, corn production in Colorado is forecast at 174.20 million bushels, according to the September 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. This forecast is down 2 percent from the August 1 forecast and down 6 percent from the 185.90 million bushels produced last year. The 1.34 million acres expected to be harvested for grain this year are unchanged from the August 1 forecast and 40,000 acres above the 1.30 million acres harvested a year ago.