07-15-13 *USDA/NASS News* The latest Colorado Crop Progress Report…
Posted by Brian Allmer on July 15, 2013
Agricultural Summary: An overall increase in precipitation improved moisture supplies in portions of western Colorado. Precipitation was insufficient in other localities where drought conditions persist. Winter wheat harvest and hay cuttings were slowed in areas impacted by rains, although significant progress was made between precipitation events. Statewide, on average, farmers were allowed 6.3 days in the field for operations.
Small Grains: Winter wheat matured rapidly last week, reaching 71 percent ripe. That is an increase of 26 percentage points from the previous week. Harvest of winter wheat progressed 28 percentage points, ending the week at 44 percent complete. Overall, condition ratings for winter wheat showed minimal changes from last week at 71 percent poor to very poor compared with 68 percent very poor to poor the week prior. Ninety-two percent of the barley crop was headed, compared with 98 percent last year and 92 percent on average. Eighteen percent of barley was turning color, behind 34 percent last year and the average of 33 percent. Virtually all spring wheat had reached the heading stage while 22 percent was turning color.
Row Crops: Twelve percent of the dry bean crop was flowering, compared with 19 percent last year and 18 percent on average. At 95 percent, planting of sunflowers was virtually complete by week’s end. Eight percent of the corn crop was silked, behind 18 percent last year and 13 percent on average. Virtually all sorghum was emerged and 4 percent was headed.
Pasture and Range: Pasture and range conditions improved slightly from last week, with 68 percent rated very poor to poor. The week prior, 72 percent was rated very poor to poor. The current five-year average for very poor to poor is 35 percent. The first cutting of alfalfa was virtually complete at 97 percent. The second cutting of alfalfa was 29 percent complete.
Livestock: Livestock condition ratings improved slightly from the previous week. Death losses remained at average levels for cattle and sheep. Overall, stored feed supplies remained rated as average for this time of year.