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Ag stats: Colorado crop production highlights – May 2024

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Winter wheat production in Colorado, based on conditions as of June 1, 2024, is forecast at 75.85 million bushels, according to the June 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

This forecast is down 7 percent from the May 1 forecast but is up 2 percent from the 74.62-million-bushel crop produced last year. Harvested area, forecast at 1.85 million acres, is 30,000 acres, or 2 percent, above last year. Average yield is forecast at 41.0 bushels per acre, down 3.0 bushels from the May 1 forecast but unchanged from last year’s final yield. 

As of June 2, Colorado’s winter wheat crop condition was rated 7 percent very poor, 17 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 43 percent good, and 3 percent excellent, compared with 8 percent very poor, 22 percent poor, 27 percent fair, 38 percent good, and 5 percent excellent last year. Heading was 64 percent complete, compared with 62 percent last year and a 5-year average of 66 percent.