*USDA/NASS* Colorado Crop Production Report…June 12th, 2013
Posted by Brian Allmer on June 12, 2013
Based on June 1 conditions, winter wheat production in Colorado is forecast at 60.18 million bushels, down 3 percent from the May 1 forecast and 18 percent below the 73.78 million bushels produced last year. Estimated acreage for harvest, at 1.77 million acres, is unchanged from May 1, and 400,000 acres less than the 2.17 million acres harvested in 2012. As of June 1, the average yield is forecast at 34.0 bushels per acre, 1 bushel below the May 1 forecast, and equal to last year’s final yield. Growing conditions have been dry and cool for most of this spring causing the crop to develop behind the normal pace. Farmers in the southeastern growing areas of the State have already abandoned a large portion of the acreage seeded last fall due to continuing drought and spring freezes. Currently, winter wheat in the northern areas is in mostly fair condition.
Sugarbeet production for the in 2012 crop is unchanged from the January, 2013 end of season estimate of 944,000 tons. Acreage remains at 31,200 acres planted and 29,700 acres harvested. Yield is unchanged at 31.8 tons per acre.
UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS
Production of winter wheat is forecast at 1.51 billion bushels, up 2 percent from the May 1 forecast but down 8 percent from 2012. Based on June 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 46.1 bushels per acre, up 0.7 bushel from last month but down 1.1 bushels from last year. As of June 2, thirty-two percent of the winter wheat crop in the 18 major producing States was rated in good to excellent condition, 20 percentage points below the same week in 2012. Nationally, 73 percent of the winter wheat crop was headed by June 2, seven percentage points behind the 5-year average pace.
Forecasted head counts from the objective yield survey in the six Hard Red Winter States (Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Texas) are below last year’s levels in all States except Kansas and Oklahoma. Although some precipitation was received across much of the Plains during May, it was not enough to relieve the drought conditions plaguing the region.
Production of sugarcane for sugar and seed in 2012 is revised to 32.2 million tons, up slightly from the March estimate. Area harvested for sugar and seed production totaled 902,400 acres for the 2012 crop year, up 6,400 acres from March and 3 percent above the previous year. Yield for sugar and seed is estimated at 35.7 tons per acre, down 0.2 ton from the previous estimate but up 2.2 tons from 2011.