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Colorado Cattle on Feed – June 2018 Statistics

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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 930,000 head as of July 1, 2018. The latest inventory was 2 percent below the previous month's inventory but no change from the July 1, 2017 inventory.

The inventory included 520,000 steers and steer calves, down 10 percent from the previous year. The number of heifers and heifer calves, at 410,000 head, are up 15 percent from a year ago.

Colorado Crop Progress and Conditions Summary – Week Ending July 15, 2018

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Winter wheat harvest continued to progress ahead of average due to hot and dry conditions last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Precipitation was isolated across Colorado last week with some areas receiving substantial amounts and others receiving none. According to the latest U.S. Drought monitor report, severe to exceptional drought conditions expanded in western and southern counties.

Managing Prevented Planting and Idle Acres During Drought

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Extreme drought condition in Southeast Colorado have forced many area producers to file prevent plant claims on land intended for spring crops such as corn, grain sorghum and sunflowers or if the acres were not insured to let them remain in a fallow period.   

Some areas have received moisture following the last plant date for the insured crops and a chance remains that we may receive monsoonal moisture through the second half of July.  

The question becomes "what to do with these fields if moisture is received?"

Millet Association will Present Survey Results at Public Hearing

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Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture Don Brown has announced a referendum of producers will be conducted August 9-31, 2018 on a millet marketing order in Colorado.  The High Plains Millet Association (HPMA) supports a millet marketing order and presented the results of a recently conducted survey to determine producer interest in a millet marketing order and check-off program to a public hearing held on June 22, 2018 in Akron.  

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Summary – Week Ending July 8, 2018

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Continued drought conditions experienced across much of the State last week had diminished water supplies for both irrigated crops and livestock, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Western and Central Districts received some isolated rainstorms, however western and southern counties remained in extreme to exceptional drought status. Large fires continued to burn in western and southern Colorado.

LCC Agriculture Department Named Top Postsecondary Program in Colorado

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The Lamar Community College Agriculture department recently received the 2018 Outstanding Postsecondary Program Award for Colorado Agricultural Education.  Greg Cash, LCC faculty and department head, accepted the award from the Colorado Vocational Agriculture Teachers Association at the group's summer conference.