USDA CONDUCTING DECEMBER HOGS AND PIGS SURVEY
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – November 1, 2018 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) is contacting producers for the December Hogs and Pigs Survey. The agency will survey pork
producers for detailed information on market hog and breeding stock inventories as well as pig crop and farrowing intentions.
“According to the most recent Quarterly Hogs and Pigs report in September, there were 75.5 million hogs and pigs in the United States,” said Bill Meyer, Director, Mountain Regional Field Office. “The December survey and
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USDA TO COLLECT FINAL 2018 CROP PRODUCTION AND CROP STOCKS DATA
LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Oct. 31, 2018 – As the 2018 growing season officially comes to an end, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will contact producers nationwide to gather final year-end crop
production numbers and the amount of grain and oilseed they store on their farms. At the same time, NASS will survey grain facility operators to determine year-end grain and oilseed stocks.
“These surveys are the largest and most important year-end surveys conducted by NASS,” explained Bill Meyer, Director, Mountain Regional Field Office. “They are the basis for the official USDA estimates of production and harvested acres of all major
agricultural commodities in the United States and year-end grain and oilseed supplies. Data from these surveys will benefit farmers and processors by providing timely and accurate information to help them make critical year-end business decisions and begin
planning for the next growing and marketing season.”
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Colorado Weekly Hay Report
Basedon October 1 conditions, corn production in Colorado is forecast at 171.45 million bushels, down 8 percent from last year’s 185.90 million bushels, according to the October 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. The 1.35 million acres expected to be harvested for grain this year are up 10,000 acres from the September forecast and 50,000 acres above the 1.30 million acres harvested a year ago. Corn yield is estimated at 127.0 bushels per acre, down 3.0 bushels from the September 1 forecast and 16.0 bushels below last year’s final yield. As of September 30, Colorado’s
corn crop condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 59 percent good, and 9 percent excellent. Corn harvested for grain was 11 percent complete, compared with 5 percent last year and the 5-year average of 8 percent.
Sorghum production in 2018 is forecast at 13.95 million bushels, down 32 percent from the 20.52 million bushels harvested last year. Growers expect to harvest 310,000 acres this year, down 40,000 acres from the September forecast and down from the 360,000 acres harvested last year. Average yield is forecast at 45.0 bushels per acre, up 6.0 bushels from the September 1 forecast, but down 12.0 bushels from last year. As of September 30, Colorado’s sorghum crop condition was rated 6 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 5 percent excellent. Sorghum harvested for grain was estimated at 9 percent complete, compared with 1 percent last year and the 5-year average of 5 percent.
The initial forecast of all sunflower production is estimated at 53.70 million pounds, down 41 percent from the 2017 crop of 90.52 million pounds. All sunflower yield is expected to average 880 pounds per acre, down 185 pounds per acre from last year.
Harvested area is estimated at 61,000 acres, down from the 85,000 acres harvested last year. As of September 30, Colorado’s sunflower crop condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 62 percent good, and 4 percent excellent
Alfalfa hay production in Colorado is forecast at 2.85 million tons, up from the 2.81 million tons produced in 2017. Colorado farmers and ranchers expect to harvest 730,000 acres of alfalfa hay this year, up 10,000 acres from 2017. Alfalfa hay yield is expected to average 3.90 tons per acre, compared with last year’s yield of 3.90 tons per acre and the August 1 forecast of 3.70 tons per acre. Producers expect
to harvest 690,000 acres of other hay in 2018, down 30,000 acres from last year. Other hay production is forecast at 1.24 million tons, down 4 percent from the 1.30 million tons a year ago. Other hay yield is expected to average 1.80 tons per acre, compared with last year’s yield of 1.80 tons per acre and the August 1 forecast of 1.80 tons per acre.
Sugarbeet production in Colorado is forecast at 892,000 tons, down 14 percent from the 1.04 million tons produced in 2017. Growers expect to harvest 25,700 acres this year, compared with 29,000 acres a year ago. Yields are expected to average 34.7 tons per acre, down 0.4 ton per acre from the September 1 forecast and down from last year’s yield of 35.7 tons per acre. As of September 30, Colorado’s sugarbeet crop condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 34 percent fair, 45 percent good, and 11 percent excellent. Harvest of sugarbeets was estimated at 9 percent complete, compared with 6 percent last year and the 5-year average of 16 percent.
Dry bean production for 2018 is forecast at 774,000 hundredweight, down 29 percent from the 1.09 million hundredweight produced a year earlier. Yields are expected to average 2,150 pounds per acre, up 50 pounds per acre from the August 1 forecast and up from 2,000 pounds per acre last year. Growers expect to harvest 36,000 acres this year, down 18,500 acres from the 54,500 acres harvested last year. As of September 30, Colorado’s dry bean harvest was estimated to be 72 percent complete, compared with 52 percent last year and the 5-year average of 47 percent.
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