MARCH 2014 PROSPECTIVE PLANTINGS
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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