agriculture

Unearth the best local organic farms in Colorado

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Quickly becoming the mecca for healthy living, Colorado is passionate about fostering a healthy daily-life framework. So, how can you help out and play your part? You can support local organic farms and ranches. When you buy local goods, you invest in your community's future, help maintain family jobs, eat healthier foods, and create a better environment. 

Ag stats: livestock slaughter report – September 2018

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United States Highlights

Commercial red meat production for the United States totaled 4.19 billion pounds in September, down 5 percent from the 4.41 billion pounds produced in September 2017. 

Beef production, at 2.16 billion pounds, was 3 percent below the previous year. Cattle slaughter totaled 2.62 million head, down 3 percent from September 2017. The average live weight was down 1 pound from the previous year, at 1,358 pounds.

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.