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.
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.
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.