8-20-12 *USDA/NASS News* The latest Colorado Crop Progress Report…
Posted by Brian Allmer on August 20, 2012
Agricultural Summary: Most of Colorado experienced dry conditions with average temperatures providing some relief from the higher temperatures. Precipitation levels were below average for the majority of the State except for the San Luis Valley which received a few scattered showers. Topsoil and subsoil conditions remain rated mostly very short last week. Farmers were allowed 6.9 days in the field for operations.
Small Grains: Spring barley harvest progressed to 50 percent harvested by the end of last week. The crop is rated in mostly good condition. Spring wheat was 32 percent harvested with the crop rated in mostly good to fair condition by the end of the week.
Row Crops: Corn progressed to 67 percent dough and 19 percent dented, 20 and 9 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average, respectively. The crop condition was rated in mostly very poor to fair condition. The harvest of corn silage progressed to 6 percent harvested. Dry bean progress was reported at 91 percent flowered and the crop ranged in good to poor condition. Dry onion harvest was 18 percent complete with the crop rated in mostly good condition. Summer potatoes were 45 percent harvested by the end of last week with the crop in mostly fair condition. Sorghum progress increased to 85 percent headed with 35 percent turning color. The crop ranged evenly from good to very poor condition. Sugarbeets were rated in mostly good to fair condition. Fall potato harvest started last week with 5 percent harvested and the crop was rated in mostly good condition. Sunflower condition ranged evenly from good to very poor at the end of last week.
Pasture and Range: The condition of pastureland is rated mostly very poor to poor across the State. Alfalfa hay harvest continued with 52 percent of the 3rd cutting complete. The crop’s condition varied widely from good to very poor condition.
Livestock: The condition of livestock was rated good to fair at the end of last week. Death losses for cattle and sheep were average. Stored feed supplies have been reduced due to the drought and high demand and were rated short for this time of year.