08-12-13 *USDA/NASS-CO* The Latest Colorado Crop Progress Report…
Posted by Brian Allmer on August 12, 2013
Agricultural Summary: Scattered precipitation across Colorado generally replenished moisture supplies but slowed the pace of field operations. The added moisture improved crop conditions and pastureland while irrigation supplies were bolstered in some areas. Despite increased volumes of rainfall, drought conditions persisted in various portions of Colorado. Statewide, on average, farmers were allowed 5.2 days in the field for operations.
Small Grains: Barley continued to approach maturity at a modest pace with 82 percent turning color by week’s end, which is behind last year and the average. Producers managed to harvest an additional 5 percent of the barley crop last week, leaving the harvest 15 percent complete. Spring wheat harvest activities ended the week at 20 percent complete, up only 4 percentage points from last week.
Row Crops: Eighty-six percent of the dry bean crop was in the flowering stage, up from 62 percent previously. Ninety-one percent of Colorado’s corn crop was silked, 19 percent was in the dough stage, and 2 percent was dented by week’s end. The sorghum crop was 37 percent headed and 15 percent was turning color, behind last year and average in both stages of development. Harvest of dry onions and potatoes outside the San Luis Valley continued last week with progress pegged at 2 percent and 14 percent complete, respectively.
Pasture and Range: Pasture and range conditions improved throughout the week, ending with 52 percent rated very poor to poor compared with 62 percent last week. On average, 38 percent is rated very poor to poor. The second and third cuttings of alfalfa were 85 percent and 13 percent complete, respectively.
Livestock: Livestock condition ratings showed an improvement from the previous week with 61 percent rated good to excellent, up from 50 percent previously. Death losses remained at average levels for cattle and sheep. Overall, stored feed supplies remained rated as average for this time of year.