agriculture

Ag statistics: Colorado crop progress and condition summary – week ending September 23, 2018

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AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Hot and dry weather was widespread with reported isolated precipitation throughout the state last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

In northeastern counties, winter wheat planting progressed well despite dry soil conditions. Livestock were reportedly in good condition, with producers marketing calves to alleviate using forage.

Northeastern and east central counties noted winter wheat being seeded into dry topsoil.

Ag statistics: August agricultural prices received – mountain states region

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UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

August Prices Received Index Decreased 2.2 Percent 

The August Prices Received Index (Agricultural Production), at 89.5, decreased 2.2 percent from July 2018. At 89.9, the Crop Production Index increased 3.6 percent. The Livestock Production Index, at 89.3, decreased 6.4 percent.

Producers received lower prices for broilers, hogs, grapes, and soybeans more than offset higher prices for milk, wheat, lettuce, and lemons.

Ag statistics: quarterly hog inventory report

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COLORADO 

Colorado inventory of all hogs and pigs on September 1, 2018 was 780,000 head, up 3 percent from June 1, 2018 and up 3 percent from last year. Breeding inventory, at 155,000 head, was unchanged from the previous quarter, but down 5,000 head from last year. Market hog inventory, at 625,000 head, was up 3 percent from last quarter and up 4 percent from last year. 

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

Agriculture USDA Service Center Update

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: