Ag stats: January 2022 Colorado crop progress and condition report

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Published Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Precipitation during January remained below average in several areas and seasonal snowfall was mostly confined to the high country, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.

In northeastern and east central counties, limited moisture was received and varied significantly. Drought conditions did not improve in eastern counties. County reports noted excessive winds damaged native pasture and winter wheat. Concerns remained for fall-seeded crops and pasture conditions due to severe lack of precipitation. Several counties were eligible for emergency grazing of CRP due to drought.

Southwestern counties received varying amounts of rain and snow in January. Some locales reported snow and deep mud remained due to precipitation. Other areas were much drier and county reports noted snowpack during January was lower than December.

The San Luis Valley received minimal moisture during January and conditions remained dry. According to county reports, livestock remained in good condition. Mild weather and lack of snow allowed livestock to remain pastured longer than normal.

Statewide, winter wheat condition declined with 20 percent of the crop rated good to excellent, compared to 25 percent good to excellent from the previous report, and 17 percent good to excellent last year.

As of January 24, 2022, snowpack in Colorado was 111 percent measured as percent of median snowfall. 

Note: The monthly report for February will be released at the end of the month.

SOIL MOISTURE CONDITION

 

Current report

Previous report

Previous year

5-year average

 

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

(percent)

Topsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

32 

48 

40 

NA 

Short 

50 

36 

39 

NA 

Adequate 

16 

11 

21 

NA 

Surplus 

-- 

NA 

Subsoil moisture 

       

Very short 

31 

34 

40 

NA 

Short 

38 

31 

43 

NA 

Adequate 

30 

30 

17 

NA 

Surplus 

-- 

NA 

CROP, LIVESTOCK, PASTURE AND RANGE CONDITION 

Commodity 

Current report 

Previous report 

Previous year 

5-year average 

 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

(percent) 

Pasture and range 

       

Very poor 

16 

14 

27 

NA 

Poor 

19 

21 

44 

NA 

Fair 

45 

32 

25 

NA 

Good 

17 

25 

NA 

Excellent 

-- 

NA 

Winter wheat 

       

Very poor 

14 

11 

18 

NA 

Poor 

26 

22 

18 

NA 

Fair 

40 

42 

47 

NA 

Good 

20 

25 

16 

NA 

Excellent 

-- 

-- 

NA 

Livestock 

       

Very poor 

-- 

-- 

NA 

Poor 

NA 

Fair 

14 

15 

30 

NA 

Good 

70 

71 

54 

NA 

Excellent 

10 

NA 

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