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Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Summary – Week Ending July 22, 2018

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Most areas of the state benefitted from monsoonal moisture last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Hot temperatures continued to accelerate crop development and maturity of small grains; winter wheat harvested was still ahead of average by week's end.

April-June 2018 Quarterly Milk Production - Mountain Region Highlights 

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Arizona dairy herds produced 1.34 billion pounds of milk during the April-June quarter, up 0.8 percent from the previous year. 

Colorado dairy herds produced 1.15 billion pounds of milk during the April-June quarter, up 10.6 percent from the previous year. 

Montana dairy herds produced 70.0 million pounds of milk during the April-June quarter, down 4.1 percent from the previous year. 

July 1 Cattle Inventory up 1 Percent 

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All cattle and calves in the United States on July 1, 2018 totaled 103 million head, 1 percent above the 102 million head on July 1, 2017. 

All cows and heifers that have calved, at 41.9 million head, were 1 percent above the 41.6 million head on July 1, 2017. Beef cows, at 32.5 million head, were up 1 percent from a year ago. Milk cows, at 9.40 million head, were unchanged from previous year. 

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?"