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08-12-13 *USDA/NASS-CO* The Latest Colorado and United States Crop Progress Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 12, 2013

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COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Winter wheat production is forecast at 43.50 million bushels, down 12 percent from the July 1 forecast and down 41 percent from the 73.78 million bushels produced last year. Growers harvested an estimated 1.5 million acres this year with an average yield of 29.0 bushels per acre, 5.0 bushels below the 34.0 bushels per acre attained last year. Seeding conditions last fall were variable with poor to adequate moisture depending on location. Southeastern growing areas of the State were dry while northern areas had better soil moisture supplies for planting. After a dry winter, below normal temperatures in April, May, and June delayed crop development bringing the harvest 10-12 days behind normal. Farmers in much of the southeastern areas were forced to abandon their crop for lack of moisture causing the smallest winter wheat harvested area in Colorado since 1965 and smallest crop since 2006. Barley production is forecast at 7.29 million bushels, up 8 percent from last year’s crop. The area for harvest in 2013, at 54,000 acres, is also up from last year by 1,000 acres. Barley yield is estimated at 135.0 bushels per acre, 12.0 bushels above last year and 5.0 bushels per acre higher than the July 1 forecast.

Corn production is forecast at 147.90 million bushels, up 10 percent from last year’s 134.33 million bushels. The 1,020,000 acres expected to be harvested for grain this year is slightly above the 1,010,000 acres harvested a year ago but unchanged from the June forecast. Average yield is expected to increase 12.0 bushels per acre from last year to 145.0 bushels per acre. Sorghum production in 2013 is forecast at 5.7 million bushels, up 90 percent from the 3.0 million bushel crop harvested a year earlier. Growers expect to harvest 190,000 acres this year, up from 150,000 acres harvested last year, but unchanged from the June forecast. Better conditions in the planted areas have increased yield prospects 10.0 bushels above a year ago as producers expect to average 30.0 bushels per acre this year.

Dry bean production for 2013 is forecast at 490,000 hundredweight, down 41 percent from the 828,000 hundredweight produced a year earlier. Yields are expected to average 1,400 pounds per acre, down from 1,840 pounds per acres attained last year. Growers expect to harvest 35,000 acres this year, down 10,000 acres from 45,000 acres last year. Sugarbeet production is forecast at 821,000 tons, down 13 percent from 944,000 tons produced in 2012. Growers expect to harvest 26,300 acres this year compared with 29,700 a year ago. Yields are expected to average 31.2 tons per acre, down from 31.8 tons per acre a year ago.

Colorado farmers and ranchers expect to harvest 650,000 acres of alfalfa hay this year down 100,000 acres from 2012. They also expect to harvest 720,000 acres of other hay in 2013, up 10,000 acres from last year. Alfalfa production is forecast at 2.08 million tons compared with 2.63 million tons produced in 2012 and other hay is estimated at 1.08 million tons, down 5 percent from 1.14 million tons a year ago. Yields are expected to average 3.2 tons per acre for alfalfa and 1.5 tons per acre for other hay, both down from 3.5 tons per acre and 1.6 tons per acre last year, respectively.

UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

All wheat production, at 2.11 billion bushels, is up slightly from the July forecast but down 7 percent from 2012. Based on August 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 46.2 bushels per acre, unchanged from last month but down 0.1 bushel from last year. Production of winter wheat is forecast at 1.54 billion bushels, down slightly from the July 1 forecast and down 6 percent from 2012. Based on August 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 47.8 bushels per acre, unchanged from last month but up 0.6 bushel from last year. If realized, this will equal the United States record high yield established in 1999. The area expected to be harvested for grain or seed totals 32.3 million acres, unchanged from last month but down 7 percent from last year. As of August 4, harvest was nearing completion in all Hard Red Winter (HRW) States except Montana and South Dakota. If realized, the California yield will tie a record high. Production of other spring wheat is forecast at 511 million bushels, down slightly from July and down 6 percent from last year. Area harvested for grain is expected to total 12.0 million acres, unchanged from last month but down 1 percent from last year. The United States yield is forecast at 42.8 bushels per acre, down 0.1 bushel from last month and down 2.2 bushels from 2012.

Production of barley is forecast at 218 million bushels, down fractionally from the July 1 forecast and 1 percent below 2012. Based on conditions as of August 1, the average yield for the United States is forecast at 70.7 bushels per acre, down 0.7 bushel from the previous forecast but 2.8 bushels above last year. Area harvested for grain or seed, at 3.08 million acres, is unchanged from the previous forecast but down 5 percent from 2012. In Colorado, producers are expecting a yield equaling the record high.

Corn production is forecast at 13.8 billion bushels, up 28 percent from 2012. If realized, this will be a new record production for the United States. Based on conditions as of August 1, yields are expected to average 154.4 bushels per acre, up 31.0 bushels from 2012. If realized, this will be the highest average yield since 2009. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 89.1 million acres, unchanged from the June forecast but up 2 percent from 2012. Production of sorghum is forecast at 359 million bushels, up 45 percent from last year. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 6.09 million acres, unchanged from June but up 23 percent from 2012. Based on August 1 conditions, yield is forecast at 59.0 bushels per acre, up 9.2 bushels from last year.

United States dry edible bean production is forecast at 24.6 million hundredweight for 2013, down 23 percent from last year. Planted area is estimated at 1.43 million acres, down 18 percent from the previous year. Harvested area is forecast at 1.37 million acres, down 19 percent from 2012. The average United States yield is forecast at 1,795 pounds per acre, a decrease of 94 pounds from last season’s record high yield. Soybean production is forecast at 3.26 billion bushels, up 8 percent from last year. If realized, production will be the third largest on record. Based on August 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 42.6 bushels per acre, up 3 bushels from last year. If realized, the average yield will be the fifth highest on record. Area for harvest is forecast at 76.4 million acres, down less than 1 percent from June but up slightly from 2012. Planted area for the Nation is estimated at 77.2 million acres, down less than 1 percent from June.

Production of sugarbeets for the 2013 crop year is forecast at 30.0 million tons, down 15 percent from last year. Planted area is forecast at 1.21 million acres, down slightly from the June Acreage report and down 2 percent from last year. Producers expect to harvest 1.18 million acres, up slightly from the previous forecast but down 2 percent from 2012. Expected yield is forecast at 25.4 tons per acre, a decrease of 3.9 tons from last year.

Production of alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures is forecast at 59.9 million tons, up 15 percent from 2012. If realized, this will be the second lowest production level since 1955. Based on August 1 conditions, yield is expected to average 3.39 tons per acre, up 0.38 ton from last year. Harvested area is forecast at 17.7 million acres, up 2 percent from 2012. If realized, this will be the second lowest harvested area since 1948. Other hay production is forecast at 80.0 million tons, up 18 percent from 2012. If realized, this will be the highest production level since 2004. Based on August 1 conditions, yields are expected to average 2.05 tons per acre, up 0.31 ton from last year. If realized, this will be the highest United States yield for other hay since 2004. Harvested area is forecast at 39.0 million acres, virtually unchanged from last

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