08-27-12 *USDA/NASS News* The latest Colorado Crop Progress Report…
Posted by Brian Allmer on August 27, 2012
Agricultural Summary: Scattered showers brought some welcome moisture to Colorado last week but precipitation levels were still below average. Temperatures were slightly above average for this time of year. Topsoil and subsoil conditions remain rated mostly very short last week. Farmers were allowed 6.5 days in the field for operations.
Small Grains: Spring barley harvest progressed to 70 percent harvested by the end of last week. Spring wheat was 40 percent harvested with the crop rated in mostly good to fair condition.
Row Crops: Corn progressed to 85 percent dough, 41 percent dented, and 3 percent mature. The crop condition was rated in mostly very poor to fair condition. The harvest of corn silage progressed to 13 percent harvested. Dry bean progress was reported at 99 percent flowered and 18 percent cut with the crop rated in good to poor condition. Dry bean farmers reported some bean pods did not fill due to the excessive heat while the plants were blooming. Dry onion harvest was 25 percent complete with the crop rated in mostly good condition. Summer potatoes were 53 percent harvested with the crop in mostly fair condition. Sorghum progress increased to 91 percent headed with 40 percent turning color. The crop ranged from good to very poor condition. Sugarbeets were rated in mostly good to fair condition. Fall potato harvest continued with 14 percent harvested and the crop was rated in mostly good condition. Sunflower condition ranged evenly from fair 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 69 percent of the 3rd cutting complete and 7 percent of the 4th 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.