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03-31-14 *USDA-NASS News* The latest Prospective Plantings Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 31, 2014

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MARCH 2014 PROSPECTIVE PLANTINGS 

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Colorado growers intend to plant 1,230,000 acres of corn for all purposes in 2014, up 10,000 acres and 1 percent above last year’s plantings. Sorghum intentions total 325,000 acres, down 75,000 acres from plantings last year. Winter wheat seedings last fall for harvest in 2014 are estimated at 2,850,000 acres, up 550,000 acres from the 2013 crop. Growers intend to seed 8,000 acres of spring wheat this year, down 2,000 acres from last year. The area expected to be seeded to oats, at 65,000 acres, is up 10,000 acres from a year ago. Most of the oat acreage in Colorado is harvested for hay. Planting intentions for barley in 2014 are up 1,000 acres from last year’s actual plantings to 64,000 acres. Growers intend to plant 53,000 acres of sunflowers this year, down 14,000 acres from what they planted in 2013. The acreage of oil varieties is expected to total 40,000 acres, down 10,000 acres from last year’s plantings. The area for non-oil varieties is expected to be down 4,000 acres to 13,000 acres this year. The State’s dry bean growers indicate they will plant 45,000 acres this year compared with 39,000 acres last year. The area planted to sugarbeets is expected to be up 1,700 acres from last year’s actual plantings to 28,500 acres. Hay producers in the State intend to harvest 1,300,000 acres this year. This is down 10,000 acres from the acreage cut for hay in 2013.

Mountain snowpack is currently 116 percent of average, statewide. Final acreages actually planted for several crops will be determined by irrigation water prospects, soil moisture levels at planting time, and changes in economic conditions between now and actual planting.

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03-04-14 Inside the RMFU with President Kent Peppler…Gov’s Forum, CO Ag Hall of Fame, NFU Convention & MORE…

Posted by Brian Allmer on March 4, 2014

Kent Peppler RMFU President

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) February 4th, 2014 - Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU President Kent Peppler of Mead, CO, discussing several topics including: the Farm Bill, CO Legislative Issues & much more…

To listen to the interview with RMFU President Kent Peppler, click the mp3 audio link below…


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02-05-14 Inside the RMFU with President Kent Peppler…Farm Bill, CO Legislative Issues & MUCH MORE…

Posted by Brian Allmer on February 5, 2014

Kent Peppler RMFU President

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) January 5th, 2014 - Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU President Kent Peppler of Mead, CO, discussing several topics including: the Farm Bill, CO Legislative Issues & much more…

To listen to the interview with RMFU President Kent Peppler, click the mp3 audio link below…


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12-05-13 Inside the RMFU with President Kent Peppler…Farm Bill, Convention, 2013 Recap, 2014 Preview & MORE…

Posted by Brian Allmer on December 5, 2013

Kent Peppler RMFU President

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) December 5th, 2013  - Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU President Kent Peppler of Mead, CO, discussing several topics including: the Farm Bill, the recent RMFU Convention and Peppler will also take a look back at 2013 and a look ahead at 2014 from his perspective for the RMFU…

To listen to the interview with RMFU President Kent Peppler, click the mp3 audio link below…


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09-26-13 *CPW News* ZIMMERMAN LAKE RECLAMATION PLANNED FOR LINEAGE BROOD STOCK…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 26, 2013

CPW-Colorado Parks and Wildlife logoFort Collins, Colo. – Colorado Parks and Wildlife will complete reclamation of the fishery at Zimmerman Lake in Larimer County in order to restock the feral brood stock of the Bear Creek strain cutthroat trout (LineageBC).  New genetic research led by University of Colorado scientists and published in September of 2012 has produced several fascinating discoveries about Colorado’s native cutthroat trout – including the location of the last surviving wild population of the federally protected greenback cutthroat trout.

In an effort to support CPW work, the U.S. Forest Service is putting a closure in place that includes the area surrounding Zimmerman Lake, extending to 50 feet from the high water mark.  Treated areas will be posted at the 50-foot high water mark to keep the public from coming in contact with treated waters. This order will go in place Sept. 29 through Oct.3.

The usual catch and release limits will be reinstated the day of treatment. Fishing, however, will not be allowed until water testing has been completed and the lake is re-filled and stocked with trout, including extra-large brood stock early October.

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09-25-13 *CPW News* GETTING STUDENTS ON-TARGET WITH COLORADO ARCHERY IN THE SCHOOLS PROGRAM…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 25, 2013

CPW-Colorado Parks and Wildlife logoWhen Katniss Everdeen, the fictional heroine of the Hunger Games novels, jumped from the pages to the big screen, she brought with her a renewed interest in archery. As that interest continues to burgeon in pop culture, Colorado Parks and Wildlife invites teachers to participate in “Basic Archery Instructor” Certification workshops, provided by the Colorado Archery in the Schools Program.

They are also encouraged to submit applications for equipment grants this fall. Colorado Parks and Wildlife is the state sponsor for the National Archery in the Schools Program — an in-school physical education or outdoor education program that teaches international-style target archery for students in grades 4-12.

Teachers are trained as “Basic Archery Instructors” by nationally-certified Parks and Wildlife staff during eight-hour professional development courses. Once trained, teachers are eligible to apply for grant funding so that their schools can purchase archery equipment.

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09-25-13 *Tigges Farms News* R & R Flood Relief – Take a Needed Break…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 25, 2013

Military Days - Tigges FarmIt’s going to be a long time for people to “Recover and Return” to what was once their normal routine after the flood. It’s true for everyone in one way or another in flood affected counties. Lots of people are stepping up to help those hardest hit by the flood with clothing and food donations in this great rural community. FEMA is one organization helping with financial and rebuilding relief. Counseling is offered for those needing the mental help in coping. Now it is nearly October, and with spare cash gone, with bodies and minds exhausted it is hard to find a way to put a smile on or find some much needed R & R that is affordable. That’s where Tigges Farm comes in.

Tigges Farm decided to take the leap and enter the world of Agri-Tourism after the season ended in 2012 but wanted to do it a bit different. It had to meet their mission of being “family friendly and nothing scary” along with “do NOT dig into people’s pockets.” Admission to Tigges Farm has always been free and will continue to be free. Little did they know in November last year their plans for new free activities might just be the ticket for many families with little resources this fall. Come to Tigges Farm for FREE family “Rest & Relaxation.”

The following line of activities at Tigges Farm, located at 12404 WCR 64 ½, Greeley, CO are all FREE to the public. All you have to do is show up and enjoy. No one is expected to buy anything. Activities were planned as customer appreciation and now have an even greater purpose. Come, relax, and watch your children smile. Forget the flood for a day! Let us share a smile! Visit the Tigges Farm Produce Stand and Pumpkin Patch and enjoy the FREE activities: Read the rest of this entry »

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09-16-13 *CPW NEWS* MULTIPLE CO STATE PARKS, WILDLIFE AREAS, FOREST ACCESS CLOSED DUE TO FLOOD…

Posted by Brian Allmer on September 16, 2013

DENVER – Due to the historic flooding of the last five days, several parks and wildlife areas, as well as forest access is closed until further notice.

Northeast region parks closed:

Eldorado Canyon State Park
Jackson Lake State Park
St. Vrain State Park

Northeast region state wildlife areas and state trust lands closed:

Atwood SWA & STL
Big Thompson Ponds SWA
Boyd Ponds SWA
Bravo SWA including the Scalva Parcel
Brower SWA
Brush SWA
Centennial Valley SWA
Cottonwood SWA
Dune Ridge SWA
Eagle Canyon STL
Elliott SWA
Ford Bridge STL
Forks SWA
Frank SWA
Jean K. Tool SWA|
Julesburg SWA
Knudson SWA
Messex SWA
Mitani Tokuyasu SWA
Mt. Evans SWA
Nakagawa SWA
Narrows SWA
Overland Trail SWA
Pony Express SWA
Red Lion STL
Sedgwick Bar SWA
Simpson Ponds SWA
Tamarack SWA
Watson Lake SWA
Webster SWA

Limited access:
Ralston Creek SWA (parking lot washed out—hunters can park at Golden Gate Canyon State Park).

CPW recommends that hunters not cross the South Platte to go hunting, as additional flood waters are anticipated and may close roads that are currently open.  Storm Mountain access road is closed except for emergency purposes by order of Larimer County and Highway 5 in Clear Creek County is being closed on and off at various spots.

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08-20-13 *CSU Ext News* PEST ALERT: European Corn Borer and Western Corn Rootworm Infestations Now Occuring…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 20, 2013

CSU Extension LogoSubmitted to BARN Media by: Assefa Gebre-Amlak, CSU Extension Specialist

European corn borer moths began to emerge and lay 2nd generation eggs in some of the pheromone trap locations in northeastern Colorado. Second generation flight can last for four weeks. Damage due to second brood in corn may contribute to lodging and ear drop losses.

2nd generation egg masses are generally found on the underside of the leaf usually within three leaves above or below the ear leaf. These egg masses appear flat and white with black spots appearing as the eggs mature.

Generally, late maturing cornfields are more attractive to 2nd generation egg laying moths than early maturing fields. The female summer moth prefers to lay eggs in corn that is tasseling and in the green silk stage.

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08-19-13 *CPW News* PICEANCE WILDLIFE HABITAT BENEFITS FROM NEW RESTORATION TECHNIQUES…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 19, 2013

CPW Website BannerGRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A five-year Colorado Parks and Wildlife research project is improving techniques to restore wildlife habitat in northwest Colorado’s Piceance Basin after intense energy development.

The Piceance Basin, a 7,100-square-mile area northeast of Grand Junction, is an irreplaceable wildlife area – the largest migratory mule deer herd in the country spends the winter in the basin and a small population of a threatened sage-grouse species lives there year-round.

“Excellent restoration of wildlife habitat following energy development is possible over a wide range of elevations in northwestern Colorado,” said Danielle Johnston, CPW’s wildlife habitat researcher. “However, restoration there is challenging because there is so much variety in elevation, moisture and soil conditions.”

The Piceance Basin has become a world-class energy field with thousands of producing natural gas wells and hundreds of new wells drilled each year. Several energy companies funded the $400,000 research project to improve the quality of reclamation work.

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08-15-13 BREAKING AG NEWS from the CDA: First Colorado Horse Infected with West Nile Virus in 2013…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 15, 2013

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – The first reported equine case of West Nile Virus (WNV) has been diagnosed in Colorado as of August 14, 2013. The WNV positive horse is a 3 month old colt from Montezuma County.

“West Nile Virus is a disease that threatens the health of humans, horses, and other animals. This is the time of year when we are most likely to see it reported in horses,” said Colorado State Veterinarian, Dr. Keith Roehr. “It is difficult to project how many cases we may see in the coming months.”

The transmission of the disease varies from year to year and depends on a number of factors including mosquito numbers. The WNV can be carried by infected birds and then spread locally by mosquitoes that bite those birds. The mosquitoes can then pass the virus to humans and animals.

Infected horses may display symptoms including head tilt, muscle tremors, stumbling, lack of coordination, weakness of the limbs or partial paralysis. The clinical signs of WNV are consistent with other important neurological diseases such as equine encephalitis, rabies, and equine herpes virus; therefore it is important to work with your veterinarian to get an accurate diagnosis through laboratory testing. Horse owners should also consult their private practicing veterinarian to determine an appropriate disease prevention plan for their horses.

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08-15-13 *NCGA News* Higher Water Quality Means Greater Profitability…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 15, 2013

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Field to Market logoThe Field to Market alliance is preparing to release a water quality metric to its Fieldprint Calculator. This update includes the integration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service Water Quality Index and can help growers better understand how their farming systems and practices affect the quality of water flowing off their fields.

“The time, landscape and community in which farmers grow their crops, along with their management decisions and skills regarding inputs and production practices, all play a part in the profitability of a farming operation,” said Keith Alverson, NCGA’s board representative to Field to Market. “No farmer wants to leave dollars on the field, and the water quality metric in the Fieldprint Calculator will help determine if we are boosting yields enough to cover things like extra fertilizer costs or soil loss. While profitability is import, longevity is a greater priority.”

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08-08-13 Inside the RMFU with President Kent Peppler…Farm Bill, Immigration Reform, COOL and MORE…

Posted by Brian Allmer on August 8, 2013

Kent Peppler RMFU President

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) August 8th, 2013  - Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU President Kent Peppler of Mead, CO, discussing several topics including: the Farm Bill, Immigration Reform, Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) lawsuit, the USDA issuing the 2013 Final Rule on the Renewable Fuels Standard, he 141st CO FFA State Fair and much more…

To listen to the interview with RMFU President Kent Peppler, click the mp3 audio link below…

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07-29-13 *USDA/NASS News* The latest Colorado Crop Progress Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 29, 2013

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Agricultural Summary:  Isolated precipitation became increasingly widespread last week. As a consequence, alfalfa cuttings and harvest of small grains were delayed in some locations. However, the increased volume of moisture improved conditions for most standing crops in addition to pasture and grazing land. Despite the higher frequency of precipitation events, portions of Colorado remain depleted of sufficient moisture. Statewide, on average, farmers were allowed 5.9 days in the field for operations.

Small Grains: Harvest of winter wheat was nearly complete by week’s end at 94 percent, up from 75 percent the week prior. A year ago, 100 percent of the state’s winter wheat crop was harvested, while on average, 89 percent is usually harvested by this time. Forty-six percent of the barley crop was turning color, up from 27 percent last week. This is behind last year and the average, at 72 and 71 percent, respectively. Last week, barley harvest activities became more widespread as conditions permitted, with 5 percent completed by week’s end. Spring wheat was 61 percent turning color, compared with 64 percent last year and 56 percent on average.

Row Crops: Dry beans in the flowering stage ended the week at 51 percent, up from 34 percent previously. Dry bean development remained behind last year and slightly behind average. Up 28 percentage points from the week prior, 57 percent of the corn crop was in the silk stage. Sorghum developed at a slower pace, with 16 percent headed by week’s end, up from 12 percent previously. Seven percent of the sorghum crop was turning color, compared with 5 percent last year and the average of 15 percent.

Pasture and Range: Pasture and range conditions showed improved ratings from last week, with 59 percent rated very poor to poor. Previously, 64 percent was rated very poor to poor. The current five-year average for very poor to poor is 38 percent. The second cutting of alfalfa reached 70 percent complete, up from 55 percent last week. The 3rd cutting was underway, with 3 percent having been cut by July 28.

Livestock: Livestock condition ratings improved slightly from the previous week with 56 percent rated good to excellent, up from 54 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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07-15-13 *USDA/NASS News* The latest Colorado Crop Progress Report…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 15, 2013

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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.

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07-10-13 RMFU Says No to Splitting Farm Bill…

Posted by Brian Allmer on July 10, 2013

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In a letter to Congressional representatives of Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming,  RMFU President Kent Peppler, a Mead, Colo., farmer, gave categorical opposition to removing the nutrition title from the Farm Bill. “Our organizational policy, which is set by grassroots members, recognizes the importance of nutrition programs to our nation’s future, security, and well-being,” Peppler said. “We are absolutely opposed to the cynical attempt to divide the interests of agricultural producers and America’s neediest citizens.”

The letter points out that every nutrition dollar puts 20 cents in the pocket of farmers and ranchers. “Someone has to grow the food for programs that feed schoolchildren and the elderly,” Peppler said. According to USDA estimates, 70% of nutrition money goes to households with children, and about 80 percent of SNAP recipients are either employed or on Social Security. A SNAP (“food stamp”) dollar adds $1.80 to the local economy.

The letter concludes, “The effort to break the link between family farms and the urban poor is meant to disenfranchise both groups, a simple hope to divide and defeat. Our members understand that, and they do not support that effort.”

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06-27-13 Inside the RMFU with President Kent Peppler…Farm Bill, Immigration, CO State Fair and MORE…

Posted by Brian Allmer on June 27, 2013

Kent Peppler RMFU President

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) June 27th, 2013  - Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU President Kent Peppler of Mead, CO, discussing several topics including: the Farm Bill, SB-252 Increasing the Renewable Energy Mandate in Colorado signed into law by GOV Hickenlooper, the upcoming county & of course the 141st CO FFA State Fair and much more…

To listen to the interview with RMFU President Kent Peppler, click the mp3 audio link below…

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To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Uinion - CLICK HERE

To learn more about the RMFU’s Renewable Energy Center - CLICK HERE

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05-09-13 Inside the CO FFA Foundation w/Executive Director Don Thorn…CDE Results, Ag Ed Facility & State Convention…

Posted by Brian Allmer on June 2, 2013

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Download the 2013 CO FFA State Convention App to your android or i-device…

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) May 9th -  Joining the BARN to discuss the latest news and events involving the Colorado FFA Foundation is Executive Director Don Thorn. Thorn mentioned several topics including:

  • 2013 CO FFA State CDE Results AVAILABLE NOW – CLICK HERE OR view the pdf version CLICK HERE
  • UPDATE: NEW Agriculture Education Facility @ CSU’s ARDEC Campus – Fundraising Campaign Update – CLICK HERE TO TAKE A VIRTUAL TOUR
  • Three Donation & Membership Levels - You choose which one works best for you – $250 Yearly – $2500 Lifetime – $5000 Blue Jacket Society
  • 2013 CO FFA State Convention & Trade/Career Show @ NJC in Sterling June 4-5-6
  • LIVE AUDIO & VIDEO WEBCASTS during Convention – On June 5th & 6th WATCH all SIX Convention Sessions on ColoradoFFA.iHigh.com!
  • Co FFA Foundation’s State Convention App - Available for Android & Apple Smartphones (QR Code on left)
  • 2013 CO FFA Foundation Annual Golf Tournament @ Pelican Lakes Golf Course in Windsor on Friday, Sept 13th

To listen to the entire interview with Don Thorn, click the mp3 audio link below…

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To learn more about the Colorado FFA Foundation – CLICK HERE

To learn more about the Colorado FFA Association – CLICK HERE

To learn more about the 2013 Colorado FFA State Convention – CLICK HERE

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05-14-13 Inside the RMFU with President Kent Peppler…Farm Bill, SB-252, CO FFA State Convention and MORE…

Posted by Brian Allmer on May 14, 2013

Kent Peppler RMFU President

(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) May 14th, 2013  - Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU President Kent Peppler of Mead, CO, discussing several topics including: the Farm Bill, SB-252 Increasing the Renewable Energy Mandate in Colorado, rating the CO Legislature and Governor Hickenlooper’s performances, the upcoming 2013 CO FFA State Convention and more…

To listen to the interview with RMFU President Kent Peppler, click the mp3 audio link below…

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To learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Uinion - CLICK HERE

To learn more about the RMFU’s Renewable Energy Center - CLICK HERE

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05-10-13 *USDA/NASS* Colorado Crop Production Report…May 2013

Posted by Brian Allmer on May 10, 2013

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CLICK HERE to visit the USDA/NASS CO Website

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Winter wheat production in Colorado, based on conditions as of May 1, 2013, is forecast at 61.95 million bushels according to the Colorado Agricultural Statistics Service. This forecast is 16 percent below last year’s production of 73.78 million bushels and 21 percent below the 78.00 million bushel crop produced two years ago. Acreage for harvest, estimated at 1.77 million acres, is 400,000 acres less than a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 35.0 bushels per acre, up 1.0 bushels per acre from last year’s yield, but 10.0 bushels per acre below the record high yield of 45.0 set in 2010. This year’s crop was planted under mostly dry, unfavorable conditions last fall resulting in thin and variable stands going into winter dormancy. Following a dry, mild winter, dry and cool conditions continued well into early spring forcing dryland farmers in the southeastern area of the state to abandon much of their seeded acreage. The cool temperatures experienced in March and April have delayed crop development, statewide. Crop development is currently about three weeks behind normal. Variable soil moisture supplies ranging from very short to adequate exist in most growing areas. Final yield will largely be determined by the combination of moisture and temperature conditions during May and June.

Hay stocks on Colorado farms and ranches as of May 1, 2013 totaled 360,000 tons, up 57 percent from stocks of 230,000 tons on hand last year. Although less hay was produced in 2012 than the previous year, better hay crops last year in some neighboring states reduced the need to export Colorado hay. The poor condition of pasture and range in the state also led to more shipments of hay into Colorado from other states.

UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

Production of winter wheat is forecast at 1.49 billion bushels, down 10 percent from 2012. As of May 1, the United States yield is forecast at 45.4 bushels per acre, down 1.8 bushels from last year. Expected grain area is forecast at 32.7 million acres, down 6 percent from last year. Hard Red Winter (HRW) harvested acreage is down about 14 percent from the previous year. Soft Red Winter (SRW) harvested acreage is expected to be up 21 percent from last year. As of April 28, thirty-three percent of the winter wheat crop in the 18 major producing States was rated in good to excellent condition, 31 percentage points below the same week in 2012. Nationally, 14 percent of the winter wheat crop was headed by April 28, fifteen percentage points behind the 5-year average pace. Read the rest of this entry »

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