Ag stats: Colorado crop progress and condition report – week ending October 11, 2020

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Published Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Another dry week with above normal temperatures advanced harvest progress last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

Harvest of most spring crops was ahead of average. In northeastern counties, corn for grain harvest progressed although moisture content was still high in several locales. Corn silage harvest was virtually complete and sugarbeet harvest continued. A county report noted sugarbeet yields were around average or slightly below. Seeding of winter wheat approached completion. Livestock producers continued to heavily cull herds in response to drought and provide supplemental feed. Feed supplies were notably shortening due to early feeding.

Drought continued to worsen in east central counties and no moisture was received last week. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report showed extreme drought (D3) expanded throughout the district. A county report noted winter wheat emergence was better than anticipated with continued dry conditions.

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MAP Colorado Drought Conditions - October 6, 2020 - National Drought Mitigation Center
Colorado Drought Conditions - October 6, 2020 - National Drought Mitigation Center

In southwestern counties, exceptional drought (D4) conditions expanded and the entire district was experiencing at least extreme drought. Some light rain and snow was received over the weekend but was limited to the high country.

In the San Luis Valley, potato harvest continued to move quickly and most growers were finished by week's end. A county report mentioned some potato fields had a high percentage of large potatoes.

Southeastern counties experienced another hot and dry week with no moisture. Harvest continued and less wind was noted last week.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 15 percent very short, 23 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus.

Sheep death loss was 63 percent average and 37 percent light.

Cattle death loss was 86 percent average and 14 percent light.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK PROGRESS

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Alfalfa hay 

       

4th cutting harvested 

59 

46 

54 

51 

Corn 

       

Mature 

90 

69 

78 

78 

Harvested for grain 

42 

30 

24 

19 

Dry edible beans 

       

Cut 

94 

79 

82 

NA 

Harvested 

58 

36 

49 

71 

Onions 

       

Harvested 

89 

70 

83 

NA 

Potatoes inside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested 

97 

84 

90 

80 

Potatoes outside San Luis Valley 

     

Harvested 

95 

85 

88 

NA 

Proso Millet 

       

Harvested 

82 

77 

91 

NA 

Sorghum 

       

Mature 

85 

56 

75 

66 

Harvested 

23 

18 

32 

18 

Sugarbeets 

       

Harvested 

51 

43 

44 

28 

Sunflowers 

       

Harvested 

39 

13 

32 

12 

Winter wheat 

       

Planted 

94 

86 

88 

84 

Emerged 

56 

35 

59 

55 

DAYS SUITABLE FOR FIELDWORK AND SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

Days suitable for fieldwork 

6.8 

7.0 

5.7 

5.8 

Topsoil moisture 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Very short 

46 

40 

15 

Short 

41 

45 

33 

28 

Adequate 

13 

15 

52 

63 

Surplus. 

-- 

-- 

-- 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

41 

38 

12 

Short 

45 

48 

28 

27 

Adequate 

14 

14 

57 

63 

Surplus. 

-- 

-- 

CROP, LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE CONDITION

Commodity

Current week

Previous week

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Alfalfa hay 

       

Very poor 

NA 

Poor 

13 

17 

NA 

Fair 

23 

22 

13 

NA 

Good 

49 

50 

65 

NA 

Excellent 

15 

NA 

Corn 

       

Very poor 

15 

10 

Poor 

25 

28 

Fair 

32 

35 

27 

22 

Good 

24 

23 

56 

59 

Excellent 

13 

Dry edible beans 

       

Very poor 

-- 

NA 

Poor 

29 

28 

NA 

Fair 

37 

38 

60 

NA 

Good 

31 

31 

29 

NA 

Excellent 

NA 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

33 

19 

Poor 

29 

39 

12 

Fair 

30 

32 

26 

26 

Good 

10 

58 

47 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

Sorghum 

       

Very poor 

Poor 

18 

20 

Fair 

58 

54 

28 

24 

Good 

16 

16 

61 

59 

Excellent 

Sugarbeets 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

-- 

Fair 

37 

37 

15 

14 

Good 

43 

43 

71 

67 

Excellent 

14 

16 

Sunflowers 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

Poor 

10 

15 

-- 

Fair 

77 

72 

24 

24 

Good 

12 

10 

70 

62 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

11 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

Poor 

Fair 

29 

35 

10 

12 

Good 

59 

54 

73 

75 

Excellent 

13 

11 

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