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06-09-14 *USDA/NASS News* Colorado Crop Progress Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on June 9, 2014

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Agricultural Summary: Last week, precipitation received in eastern Colorado replenished soil moisture supplies. Fieldwork was limited in some localities by the precipitation while hail storms were noted in the eastern and southeastern districts, with hail damage reported to have occurred in some localities. Cool conditions later in the week throughout northeastern Colorado resulted in slowed crop growth. Warm, dry conditions and localized storms were experienced early last week across the San Luis Valley, spurring potato development until cool temperatures prevailed during the latter half of the week. Conditions remain excessively dry elsewhere with drought conditions noted in some localities. Mountain snowpack was 210 percent of average as of June 4. Farmers were allowed 5.0 days in the field for spring operations.

Small Grains: As of last week, barley and spring wheat were 4 and 3 percent headed, respectively. Development of both crops was behind 12 percent headed on average. Eighty-five percent of the winter wheat crop was headed, up from 63 percent previously. Thirteen percent was turning color, compared with 3 percent last year and the average of 21 percent.

Row Crops: A gain of 20 percentage points was achieved in the planting of dry beans last week, which remained behind average. Thirteen percent of the crop had emerged, compared with 11 percent last year and 17 percent on average. Fifty-five percent of potatoes inside the San Luis Valley were emerged by week’s end, ahead of 33 percent last year and 38 percent on average. Eighty-eight percent of potatoes outside the San Luis Valley had emerged, ahead of 69 percent last year and the average of 66 percent. Sorghum was 38 percent planted, behind 53 percent last year and 55 percent on average. Nineteen percent was emerged, ahead of 10 percent on average. Sunflower planting progress gained 21 percentage points last week, ending on 34 percent complete.

Pasture and Range: Pasture and range conditions were rated 63 percent fair to good across the State. Last year, 40 percent was rated fair to good while 59 percent is fair to good on average. The first cutting of alfalfa ended with 38 percent complete by week’s end, compared with 39 percent last year and the average of 43 percent.

Livestock: Death losses for cattle and sheep remained mostly average to light with no significant changes from the previous week. Stored feed supplies improved slightly since the previous week and remained mostly adequate to short.

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06-02-14 *USDA/NASS News* Colorado Crop Progress Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on June 2, 2014

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Agricultural Summary: Warm conditions accelerated crop development while isolated precipitation in the eastern half of Colorado replenished moisture supplies in some dry areas. Crop conditions generally improved although potato beetles were reported in fields outside the San Luis Valley.  Reporters noted patches of Colorado without access to reserve water supplies remain in need of precipitation moisture.  Localized flooding was reported in the northern district, which includes areas west of the Front Range.  Mountain snowpack was 193 percent of average as of May 29.  Farmers were allowed 5.8 days in the field for spring operations.

Small Grains: Progess of small grains continued, ending close to average levels in respective developmental stages.  Winter wheat percent headed and spring wheat emergence showed the largest advances in development from previous week’s values, namely 63 percent and 94 percent, respectively.

Row Crops: Corn plantings were virtually completed last week while 84 percent had emerged, up from 55 percent a week earlier.  Last week’s dry bean planting activities ended on 21 percent complete, behind 23 percent last year and 32 percent on average.  Planting of potatoes outside the San Luis Valley was virtually complete as of last week.  Eighty-four percent of potatoes outside the valley were emerged, up from 65 percent previously.  Emergence of potatoes inside the San Luis Valley reached 24 percent last week, ahead of 6 percent last year and 14 percent on average.  Sorghum planting activities continued at a limited pace last week, ending on 27 percent complete, a gain of 2 percentage points.  Sugarbeet emergence was at 94 percent by week’s end, ahead of 57 percent last year and the average of 77 percent.  Sunflower plantings ended with a 10 percentage point gain at 13 percent complete, behind 19 percent last year and 31 percent on average.

Pasture and Range: Pasture and range conditions were rated 62 percent fair to good across the State.  Last year, 46 percent was rated fair to good while 64 percent is fair to good on average.  The first cutting of alfalfa ended with 16 percent complete by week’s end, compared with 12 percent last year and the average of 25 percent.

Livestock: Death losses for cattle and sheep were mostly average to light.  Stored feed supplies were rated mostly adequate to short.  A general improvement in the above mentioned items was noted last week.

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05-19-14 *USDA/NASS News* Colorado Crop Progress Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on May 19, 2014

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Agricultural Summary: Cool, dry conditions prevailed across much of Colorado, allowing producers to complete planting activities for some small grains and row crops. However, germination was limited in some instances as a result of cool temperatures and isolated frost. Several localities received vital precipitation in the form of rain or snow, but dry conditions remain a concern elsewhere. Overall, mountain snowpack was 149 percent of average as of May 19. Farmers were allowed 5.3 days in the field for spring operations.

Small Grains: Spring wheat seeded was 93 percent complete and 55 percent emerged by week’s end, both of which were within 6 percentage points of average and last year. The percentage of spring barley seeded tied the average last week at 97 percent complete while 70 percent had emerged, slightly behind 74 percent last year and 78 percent on average. Sixty-eight percent of the winter wheat crop was at or beyond the jointing stage, up from 49 percent, previously. Nineteen percent was headed, compared with 1 percent last year and 28 percent on average.

Row Crops: Remaining ahead of last year and the average, corn plantings finished the week at 83 percent planted, an increase of 19 percentage points. Six percent of the intended dry bean crop has been planted thus far, a modest gain from 3 percent last week. By week’s end, onion plantings were virtually complete. Planting of potatoes outside the San Luis Valley continued ahead of average, ending at 87 percent complete. Emergence of the crop continued in a similar fashion, ending with 40 percent emerged. Sixty-five percent of the intended potato acreage inside the San Luis Valley was planted as of last week, a significant increase from the previous week’s 13 percent. Five percent of the San Luis Valley potatoes had emerged. The sorghum crop was 24 percent planted, compared with 3 percent last year and 14 percent on average. Planting of sugarbeets was virtually complete by week’s end while 62 percent had emerged, up from 41 percent previously. Sunflower plantings started at a slower pace, with 2 percent planted by week’s end. This is behind 3 percent last year and 7 percent on average.

Pasture and Range: Pasture and range conditions were rated 58 percent fair to good across the State. Last year, 49 percent was rated fair to good while 66 percent is fair to good on average. The first cutting of alfalfa has started, with 1 percent completed by week’s end.

Livestock: Lambing was virtually complete last week. Death losses for cattle and sheep were mostly average to light. However, isolated adverse conditions resulted in a heavier ewe and lamb death loss than the week prior. Stored feed supplies were rated mostly adequate to short.

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03-24-14 *USDA/NASS News* Colorado Crop Progress Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 24, 2014

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03-17-14 *USDA/NASS News* Colorado Crop Progress Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 17, 2014

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09-30-13 *USDA/NASS News* Colorado Crop Progress Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 30, 2013

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Agricultural Summary: Fieldwork has been effectively delayed by excess moisture received beginning the second full week of September on into early last week. Soil remains saturated in large sections of crop and pasture land across the state as a result of the sustained precipitation. Reports of isolated frost have begun to surface which has prompted producers to push on with field activities for some crops in spite of conditions. Last week, the dry bean crop suffered some hail damage in parts of southwest Colorado, according to reporters. On average, farmers were allowed 4.8 days in the field for operations.

Small Grains: Fifty-six percent of the winter wheat crop has been seeded, up 21 percentage points from the week prior. Winter wheat was 26 percent emerged by week’s end, up from 9 percent previously.

Row Crops: Fifty-two percent of the corn crop was mature, trailing 86 percent last year and the average of 63 percent. Eighty-eight percent of the corn crop intended for silage has been harvested, up from the previous week’s 77 percent. Ninety percent of the sorghum crop had reached the coloring phase while 26 percent had reached maturity. Negligible gains were made on the sorghum harvest, ending on 3 percent by week’s end. Sunflowers harvest activities saw 5 percentage points of progress last week ending with 10 percent complete. Sixty percent of the dry onion crop has been harvested, behind 79 percent last year and 74 percent on average. Last week, harvest of potatoes in the San Luis valley trailed the average at 45 percent complete while harvest activities for potatoes elsewhere were virtually complete. Seventy-seven percent of the dry bean crop was cut, with harvest activities at 52 percent complete by week’s end.

Pasture and Range:  Pasture and range conditions ratings declined slightly last week, ending with 45 percent rated very poor to poor compared with 43 percent the previous week. On average, 37 percent is normally rated very poor to poor. The 3rd and 4th cuttings of alfalfa were 86 and 25 percent complete, respectively.

Livestock: Livestock condition ratings improved last week with 62 percent currently rated good to excellent, up from 55 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.

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09-16-13 *USDA/NASS News* Colorado Crop Progress Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 16, 2013

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Agricultural Summary: Cool temperatures and precipitation prevailed last week, delaying fieldwork across the state. Locally heavy rains resulted in flooding, particularly along the Front Range and throughout the north east quadrant of Colorado. Flood damage was being assessed with some crop and livestock loss expected, according to reporters. Topsoil moisture, pasture and rangeland were generally improved as a result of precipitation events. However, as most crops have reached the final stages of development, negligible improvements to crop conditions are expected. On average, farmers were allowed 3.4 days in the field for operations.

Small Grains: Virtually all standing small grains were harvested last week. Seeding continued for winter wheat with a modest gain of 9 percentage points, ending the week with 22 percent planted.

Row Crops: Corn was 83 percent in the dent stage, up from 65 percent previously. An additional 13 percent of the corn crop reached maturity from the previous week, ending on 20 percent mature. Producers have managed to harvest 2 percent of the state’s corn crop thus far. Of the corn intended for silage, 54 percent has been harvested, compared with 67 percent last year and 46 percent on average. Eighty percent of the sorghum crop was turning color while 11 percent had reached maturity. Harvest activities have just begun for sorghum, with 1 percent currently complete. Trailing the average, the harvest of dry onions gained 13 percentage points ending on 33 percent harvested by week’s end. The sugarbeet harvest began last week, with 2 percent complete thus far.  Harvest of potatoes in the San Luis valley gained 9 percentage points last week with 26 percent complete by week’s end. Harvest of potatoes elsewhere was 73 percent complete, up from 51 percent previously. As of September 15, Colorado’s dry bean cutting and harvest led their averages, at 52 and 30 percent, respectively.

Pasture and Range: Pasture and range conditions ratings improved last week, ending with 46 percent rated very poor to poor compared with 52 percent the previous week. On average, 37 percent is normally rated very poor to poor. The 3rd and 4th cuttings of alfalfa were 76 and 6 percent complete, respectively.

Livestock: Livestock condition ratings generally improved from last week with 59 percent currently rated good to excellent, up from 49 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.

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03-25-13 *USDA/NASS News* Colorado Crop Progress Report

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 25, 2013

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Agricultural Summary: With the exception of isolated areas, a spring storm brought some relief to the dry conditions in Colorado last week. Overall, mountain snowpack is 77 percent of average. Farmers were allowed 5.0 days in the field for spring operations.

Small Grains: Seven percent of the winter wheat crop was reported being pastured this week, slightly below the five-year average of 8 percent. Overall crop condition was rated mostly fair to very poor with cold temperatures and dry conditions across parts of the state. Spring barley was 5 percent seeded by the end of the week, behind 5- year average of 15 percent. Spring wheat was 7 percent seeded by week’s end compared to 10 percent on average.

Row Crops: Onion growers made a little planting progress, with 7 percent of the crop planted by week’s end, much below the five year average of 17 percent.

Pasture and Range: Pasture and range feed conditions were rated mostly very poor to poor across the State. Lack of moisture across the state has caused pasture and range conditions to deteriorate in some areas. Current conditions were rated 57 percent poor compared to 7 percent at this time in 2012.

Livestock: Calving and lambing rates are average with fifty-three percent of cows having calved since January 1st, while 40 percent of the ewes lambed. Death losses for cattle and sheep were average. Stored feed supplies were rated short for this time of year.

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