04-23-15 Inside the RMFU with Bob Kjelland: COOL, 2015 Policy Handbook, HB-1234 & More…


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Bob Kjelland RMFU Dir of Communications

Bob Kjellan, RMFU’s Director of Communications

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) April 23, 2015 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s Director of Communications Bob Kjelland. Kjelland discusses several topics including:

  • COOL – Country of Origin Labeling
  • 2015 NFU & RMFU Polisy Handbooks Available NOW
  • HB-1235: Tax incentive for Beginning Farmers/Ranchers
  • Springtime: Think Safety on the Roadways
  • & Much More

Since 1907, the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union, serving family farming & ranching and “Growing the Agricultural Grassroots Network”, learn more and join the RMFU Today online @ www.rmfu.org or LIKE them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter @RMFUnion

 

03-31-15 *USDA-NASS News* The latest Prospective Plantings Report…

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MARCH 1, 2015 PROSPECTIVE PLANTINGS 

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

  • As of March 1, Colorado growers intend to plant 1.09 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2015, down 60,000 acres and five percent below last year’s plantings, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.
  • Sorghum intentions total 375,000 acres, up 30,000 acres from plantings last year.
  • The area expected to be seeded to oats, at 45,000 acres, is unchanged from a year ago. Most of the oat acreage in Colorado is harvested for hay.
  • Growers intend to plant 65,000 acres of barley in 2015, up 8,000 acres from last year’s actual plantings.
  • All wheat acreage is expected to total 2.52 million acres for 2015. Winter wheat seedings last fall for harvest in 2015 are estimated at 2.50 million acres, down 250,000 acres from the 2014 crop. Growers intend to seed 15,000 acres of spring wheat this year, up 6,000 acres from last year.
  • Hay producers in the State intend to harvest 1.45 million acres this year. This is up 110,000 acres from the acreage cut for hay in 2014.
  • Growers intend to plant 54,000 acres of sunflowers this year, up 9,500 acres from what they planted in 2014. The acreage of oil varieties is expected to total 40,000 acres, up 5,000 acres from last year’s plantings. The area for non-oil varieties is expected to be up 4,500 acres to 14,000 acres this year.
  • The area planted to sugarbeets is expected to be up 2,300 acres from last year’s actual plantings to 31,700 acres.
  • Dry edible bean acreage is expected to total 69,000 acres, up 50 percent from the 46,000 acres planted in 2014.
  • Mountain snowpack is currently 74 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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03-25-15 Inside the RMFU with Jan Kochis: NFU Convention Recap and more…

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Jan Kochis, RMFU Board of Director Chair from Matheson, Colo.  And Dist. VI.

Jan Kochis, RMFU Board of Director Chair from Matheson, Colo. And Dist. VI.

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) March 25, 2015  – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU Board Chair Jan Kochis, discussing several topics including:

  • RECAP of the 113th National Farmers Union Anniversary Convention in Wichita, KS March 13-15
  • RMFU’s presence on Capitol Hill this week
  • Upcoming Events/Issues
  • Final thoughts

The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union is a general farm organization that provides educational programs, cooperative business development services, and a legislative voice for family farms, ranches, and local communities. RMFU was formed in 1907 and serves members in Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. Learn more about the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union & find out how YOU can become a member by visiting www.rmfu.org.

03-05-15 Inside the RMFU w/Ben Rainbolt: NFU Convention Preview, CO/NM/WY Legislative Progress, Industrial Hemp and More…

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Ben Rainbolt, RMFU Executive Director

Ben Rainbolt, RMFU Executive Director

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) March 5, 2015  – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is RMFU Executive Director Ben Rainbolt, discussing several topics including:

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01-05-15 Inside the RMFU with Harrison Topp: Youth Development and Beginning Farmer/Rancher Programs and More…

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Harrison Topp - RMFU 2(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) January 5, 2015  – Joining me Inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network for this month’s Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Radioline Report is Rocky Mountain Farmers Union Membership Field Representative Harrison Topp, discussing several topics pertaining to youth development & beginning farmer / rancher programs @ RMFU. Harrison, first off, tell our listeners about yourself, your background, and what eventually led you to become a part of the RMFU…

  • Topp’s background
  • RMFU’s Beginning Farmer/Rancher Programs
  • Upcoming RMFU Events
  • 2015 NWSS – RMFU’s booth in the Hall of Education
  • Upcoming RMFU Youth events
  • & More…

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12-04-14 Inside the RMFU with Ben Rainbolt: Convention Recap, Beef Checkoff, Farm Bill Meetings and more…

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Ben Rainbolt, RMFU Executive Director

Ben Rainbolt, RMFU Executive Director

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) September 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 Executive Director Ben Rainbolt, discussing several topics including:

  • RECAP of the 2014 RMFU ‘AgriCULTURE’ Convention
  • Possible Second Beef Checkoff
  • Upcoming Farm Bill Informational Meetings in December across Colroado
  • & more…

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11-10-14 *USDA/NASS* Colorado Crop Production Report…November 2014

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COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Based on November 1 conditions, corn production in Colorado is forecast at 140.16 million bushels, up 8 percent from last year’s 129.69 million bushels, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. The 960,000 acres expected to be harvested for grain this year is down 30,000 acres from the 990,000 acres harvested a year ago. Corn yield is estimated at 146.0 bushels per acre, up 2.0 bushels per acre from the October 1 forecast and 15.0 bushels per acre above last year’s final yield. As of November 2, Colorado’s corn crop condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 25 percent fair, 53 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. Corn harvested for grain was 61 percent complete, compared with 77 percent last year and the 5-year average of 72 percent.

Sorghum production in 2014 is forecast at 7.50 million bushels, up 30 percent from the 5.76 million bushels harvested last year. Growers expect to harvest 250,000 acres this year, up from the 240,000 acres harvested last year. Average yield is forecast at 30.0 bushels per acre, up 5.0 bushels per acre from the October 1 forecast and up 6.0 bushels per acre from last year. As of November 2, Colorado’s sorghum crop condition was rated 18 percent poor, 53 percent fair, 28 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Sorghum harvested for grain was estimated at 41 percent complete, compared with 56 percent last year and the 5-year average of 53 percent.

Sugarbeet production in Colorado is forecast at 917,000 tons, up 7 percent from the 861,000 tons produced in 2013. Growers expect to harvest 29,100 acres this year, compared with 25,700 a year ago. Yields are expected to average 31.5 tons per acre, down 1.0 ton per acre from the October 1 forecast and down from last year’s yield of 33.5 tons per acre. As of November 2, harvest of sugarbeets was estimated at 86 percent complete, compared with 87 percent last year and the 5-year average of 87 percent.

Fall potato growers in Colorado produced an estimated 23.7 million hundredweight of potatoes this year, a increase of 3.4 million hundredweight from last year’s crop. Fall potatoes produced in the San Luis Valley totaled 21.0 million hundredweight compared with 18.1 million hundredweight produced last year. Fall potatoes grown in all other areas in Colorado totaled 2.7 million hundredweight compared with 2.2 million hundredweight last year. Average yield at 397 hundredweight per acre increased 25 hundredweight per acre from the combined yield attained last year. The harvested area, estimated at 59,800 acres is up from the 54,600 acres harvested last year.

Colorado’s barley seeded area, at 57,000 acres, is down 6,000 acres from last year. Harvested area, at 54,000 acres, is down 4,000 acres from 2013. Barley yield, at 124.0 bushels per acre, is down 9.0 bushels per acre from last year. Barley production in 2014 is estimated at 6.70 million bushels, down 13 percent from the previous year.

Spring wheat seedings, at 9,000 acres, are down 1,000 acres from last year. Acreage harvested totaled 8,000 acres, down from 9,000 acres harvested last year. Spring wheat production is estimated at 512,000 bushels, down 31 percent from last year. Spring wheat yield, at 64.0 bushels per acre, is down 18.0 bushels per acre from last year.

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Corn area harvested for grain is forecast at 83.1 million acres, unchanged from the October forecast, but down 5 percent from 2013. At 14.4 billion bushels, corn production is forecast to be the highest production on record for the United States. The forecasted yield, at 173.4 bushels per acre, is also expected to be a new record high for the United States. Twenty-two States expect a record high corn yield for 2014.

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10-10-14 *USDA/NASS* Colorado Crop Production Report…October 2014

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COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Based on October 1 conditions, corn production in Colorado is forecast at 138.24 million bushels, up 7 percent from last year’s 129.69 million bushels, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. The 960,000 acres expected to be harvested for grain this year is down 30,000 acres from the 990,000 acres harvested a year ago. Corn yield is estimated at 144.0 bushels per acre, unchanged from the September 1 forecast but 13.0 bushels above last year’s final yield. As of September 28, Colorado’s corn crop condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 26 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 16 percent excellent. Corn harvested for grain was 6 percent complete, compared with 10 percent last year and the 5-year average of 12 percent.

Sorghum production in 2014 is forecast at 6.25 million bushels, up 9 percent from the 5.76 million bushels harvested last year. Growers expect to harvest 250,000 acres this year, up from the 240,000 acres harvested last year. Average yield is forecast at 25.0 bushels per acre, down 5.0 bushels from the September 1 forecast but up 1.0 bushel from last year. As of September 28, Colorado’s sorghum crop condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 52 percent fair, 29 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Sorghum harvested for grain was estimated at 5 percent complete, compared with 3 percent last year and the 5-year average of 5 percent.

The initial forecast of all sunflower production is estimated at 52.98 million pounds, up 12 percent from the 2013 crop of 47.20 million pounds. All sunflower yield is expected to average 1,341 pounds per acre, an increase of 483 pounds from last year. Harvested area is estimated at 39,500 acres, down from the 55,000 acres harvested last year. As of September 28, Colorado’s sunflower crop condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 41 percent good, and 8 percent excellent.

Alfalfa hay production in Colorado is forecast at 2.93 million tons, up from the 1.89 million tons produced in 2013. Colorado farmers and ranchers expect to harvest 750,000 acres of alfalfa hay this year, up 100,000 acres from 2013. Alfalfa hay yield is expected to average 3.90 tons per acre, compared with last year’s yield of 2.90 tons per acre and the August 1 forecast of 3.60 tons per acre. Producers expect to harvest 580,000 acres of other hay in 2014, down 80,000 acres from last year. Other hay production is estimated at 1.22 million tons, up 15 percent from the 1.06 million tons a year ago. Other hay yield is expected to average 2.10 tons per acre, compared with last year’s yield of 1.60 tons per acre and the August 1 forecast of 2.00 tons per acre.

Dry bean production for 2014 is forecast at 774,000 hundredweight, up 43 percent from the 540,000 hundredweight produced a year earlier. Yields are expected to average 1,800 pounds per acre, up 200 pounds per acre from the August 1 forecast and up from 1,500 pounds per acre last year. Growers expect to harvest 43,000 acres this year, up 7,000 acres from the 36,000 acres harvested last year. As of September 28, Colorado’s dry bean crop condition was rated 1 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 44 percent good and 13 percent excellent. Dry bean harvest was reported to be 42 percent complete, compared to 50 percent last year and the 5-year average of 52 percent.

Sugarbeet production in Colorado is forecast at 946,000 tons, up 10 percent from the 861,000 tons produced in 2013. Growers expect to harvest 29,100 acres this year, compared with 25,700 a year ago. Yields are expected to average 32.5 tons per acre, unchanged from the September 1 forecast but down from last year’s yield of 33.5 tons per acre. As of September 28, Colorado’s sugarbeet crop condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 19 percent fair, 56 percent good and 21 percent excellent. Harvest of sugarbeets was estimated at 24 percent complete, compared with 9 percent last year and the 5-year average of 14 percent.

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09-30-14 USDA/NASS News: SMALL GRAINS REPORT – SEPT 2014…

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SMALL GRAINS – SEPTEMBER 2014

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

All wheat production in Colorado, estimated at 89.8 million bushels, is up 116 percent from 2013, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. All wheat yield was 38.1 bushels per acre, up 12.8 bushels per acre from a year ago.

Winter wheat producers seeded 2.75 million acres in the fall of 2013 for harvest in 2014, up from 2.30 million acres seeded for the previous year’s crop. Acreage harvested for grain increased 720,000 acres to 2.35 million acres in 2014. Winter wheat production is estimated at 89.3 million bushels, up 119 percent from last year. Winter wheat yield, at 38.0 bushels per acre, is up 13.0 bushels per
acre from last year.

Spring wheat seedings, at 9,000 acres, are down 1,000 acres from last year. Acreage harvested totaled 8,000 acres, down from 9,000 acres harvested last year. Spring wheat production is estimated at 512 thousand bushels, down 31 percent from last year. Spring wheat yield, at 64.0 bushels per acre, is down 18.0 bushels per acre from last year.

Oat seedings in Colorado totaled 45,000 acres, down 10,000 acres from last year. Producers harvested 9,000 acres for grain or seed,
down 3,000 acres from 2013. Oat production totaled 540 thousand bushels in 2014, down 31 percent from last year. Oat yield is 60.0 bushels per acre in 2014, down 5.0 bushels per acre from the previous year.

Colorado’s barley seeded area, at 57,000 acres, is down 6,000 acres from last year. Harvested area, at 54,000 acres, is down 4,000 acres from 2013. Barley yield, at 126.0 bushels per acre, is down 7.0 bushels per acre from last year. Barley production in 2014 is estimated at 6.80 million bushels, down 12 percent from the previous year.

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09-17-14 Gospel Trail Ministry Concert Sept 28th at Greeley’s Tigges Farm…

Military Days - Tigges FarmGospel Trail - Straw Stack PictureSunday, September 28, officially begins the “harvest celebration” with the Gospel Trail Ministry Concert in the activities center at 2 pm at Tigges Farm, located at 12404 WCR 64 ½, Greeley, Colorado.

There is no admission charge, but a free will offering will be accepted in support of this non-denomination ministry through country gospel songs.

Mark Peterman, the founder of the Gospel Trail Ministry 12 years ago is a musician and song writer and has been sharing God’s Word through country gospel music along with his band members, Margaret, Troy and Jerry to the delight of audiences.

Mark and his wife, Connie, live on a ranch in Briggsdale, Colorado.  Their ministry has taken them and their band members to small farms, such as Tigges Farm, to the stage of nationally known talent out of Nashville, Tennessee.

Tigges Farm is the best place around to enjoy the season of fall, the season of harvest, a season to celebrate.

For directions, go to http://www.TiggesFarm.com or call 970-686-7225 or 970-576-8970.

Tigges Farm is open daily 9am to 6pm through October 31.  There is a food vendor on site on weekends only.

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09-17-14 Greeley’s Tigges Farm Offers Field Trips…

Military Days - Tigges FarmTigges Farm Produce and Pumpkin Patch, located at 12404 WCR 64 ½, Greeley, CO offers field trips to schools, art and photography students, child care centers and adult day care centers on weekdays October 1 thru October 31.

Information and details on the field trips can be found on the website, www.TiggesFarm.com.

Go to the Field Trip tab and then open the informational letter or call 970-576-8970 to request a letter be mailed.

For youth the field trip consists of reading a story, talking about the farm and after a going over a few rules while in the Pumpkin Patch the search for the perfect pumpkin begins.  There is a small fee for the pumpkin.  Youth groups, such as Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, 4-H Clubs or the Boys and Girls Clubs may schedule field trips also.

Adult day care centers are welcome to visit.  Based on the administrators wishes the pumpkins are free or a small fee charged.  Tigges Farms goal is to make the visit enjoyable and within the mission of the care center.  If independence is a goal of the adult day care centers and wishes are for us to charge something we will do a nominal fee.

For more information, please visit www.TiggesFarm.com

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09-11-14 *USDA/NASS* Colorado Crop Production Report: September 2014

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COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Based on September 1 conditions, corn production in Colorado is forecast at 138.24 million bushels, up 7 percent from last year’s 129.69 million bushels. The 960,000 acres expected to be harvested for grain this year is down 30,000 acres from the 990,000 acres harvested a year ago. Corn yield is estimated at 144.0 bushels per acre, unchanged from the August 1 forecast but 13.0 bushels above last year’s final yield. As of August 31, Colorado’s corn crop condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 5 percent poor, 23 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 19 percent excellent. Corn in the dent stage was 32 percent complete, compared with 31 percent last year and the 5-year average of 36 percent.

Sorghum production in 2014 is forecast at 5.10 million bushels, down 11 percent from the 5.76 million bushels harvested last year. Growers expect to harvest 170,000 acres this year, down from the 240,000 acres harvested last year. Average yield is forecast at 30.0 bushels per acre, up 6.0 bushels from both the August 1 forecast and last year. As of August 31, Colorado’s sorghum crop condition was rated 3 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 49 percent fair, 32 percent good, and 1 percent excellent. Sorghum mature was 10 percent complete, compared with 3 percent last year and the 5-year average of 8 percent.

Sugarbeet production is forecast at 946,000 tons, up 10 percent from the 861,000 tons produced in 2013. Growers expect to harvest 29,100 acres this year compared with 25,700 a year ago. Yields are expected to average 32.5 tons per acre, up 1.9 tons per acre from the August 1 forecast but down from last year’s yield of 33.5 tons per acre. As of August 31, Colorado’s sugarbeet crop condition was rated 1 percent very poor, 3 percent poor, 17 percent fair, 55 percent good, and 24 percent excellent.

UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

Corn production is forecast at 14.4 billion bushels, up 3 percent from both the August forecast and from 2013. Based on conditions as of September 1, yields are expected to average 171.7 bushels per acre, up 4.3 bushels from the August forecast and 12.9 bushels above the 2013 average. If realized, this will be the highest yield and production on record for the United States. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 83.8 million acres, unchanged from the August forecast but down 4 percent from 2013.

Sorghum production is forecast at 430 million bushels, up less than one percent from last month and up 11 percent from last year. Area harvested for grain is forecast at 6.40 million acres, unchanged from August 1 but down 2 percent from 2013. Based on September 1 conditions, yield is forecast at 67.2 bushels per acre, up 0.1 bushel from last month and up 7.6 bushels from last year. Production of sugarbeets for the 2014 crop year is forecast at 31.5 million tons, down 4 percent from last year. Producers expect to harvest 1.15 million acres, up slightly from the previous estimate but down 1 percent from 2013. Expected yield is forecast at 27.5 tons per acre, a decrease of 0.9 ton from last year.

For a full copy of the Crop Production report please visit www.nass.usda.gov.

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09-04-14 Inside the RMFU with Executive Director Ben Rainbolt: NFU Fly-in, COOL, TPA, RFS, Midwest Rail Issues, Beef Checkoff and MORE…

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Ben Rainbolt, RMFU Executive Director

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) September 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 Executive Director Ben Rainbolt, discussing several topics including:

  • NFU’s Fly-In this weekend
  • COOL
  • TPA
  • RFS
  • NFU’s decision regarding Beef Checkoff Working Group
  • and much more…

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08-26-14 *USDA/NASS News* USDA TO MEASURE SMALL GRAIN PRODUCTION…

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REVISED 8/27/14

LAKEWOOD, CO – During the first two weeks of September, growers of small grains around the country will receive survey forms from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The agency is taking an in-depth look into the 2014 production and supply of small grains, which include wheat, oats, barley, and rye.

“The small grains industry is a major component of our region’s agriculture and it is crucial to have accurate data about this key sector,” said NASS Mountain Region Director Bill Meyer. “We will contact more than 5,000 producers in Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah, & Wyoming to accurately measure 2014 acreage, yield, and production for small grains. The data collected from this survey will also help set small grain acreage and production estimates at the county level.”

NASS will contact agricultural producers to gather information on their 2014 production and the quantities of small grains & row crops stored on farm. As an alternative to mailing the survey back, to help save both time and money, growers will have the option to respond to the survey online. The farmers who have not responded by August 30th will receive a phone call from a NASS-trained enumerator who will help them fill out the survey form.

As with all NASS surveys, information provided by respondents is confidential by law. NASS safeguards the privacy of all responses and publishes only aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified. Survey results will be published in several reports, including the annual Small Grains Summary and the quarterly Grain Stocks report, both to be released September 30. These and all NASS reports are available online at http://www.nass.usda.gov.

For more information call the NASS Mountain Region Field Office at 1-800-392-3202.

08-12-14 *USDA/NASS* Colorado Crop Production Report: August 2014

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CROP PRODUCTION – August 2014 

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Based on August 1 conditions, corn production in Colorado is forecast at 138.24 million bushels, up 7 percent from last year’s 129.69 million bushels. The 960,000 acres expected to be harvested for grain this year is unchanged from the June forecast, but 30,000 acres below the 990,000 acres harvested a year ago. Average yield is expected to increase 13.0 bushels per acre from last year to 144.0 bushels per acre. Sorghum production in 2014 is forecast at 4.08 million bushels, down 29 percent from the 5.76 million bushels harvested a year earlier. Growers expect to harvest 170,000 acres this year, unchanged from the June forecast, but down from the 240,000 acres harvested last year. Average yield is forecast at 24.0 bushels per acre, unchanged from last year.

Barley production is forecast at 8.04 million bushels, up 7 percent from the July 1 forecast and up 4 percent from last year’s crop. Area for harvest in 2014, at 60,000 acres, is up 2,000 acres from the 58,000 harvested last year. Barley yield is forecast at 134.0 bushels per acre, up 9.0 bushels from the July 1 forecast, and 1.0 bushel per acre higher than last year. As of August 3,Colorado’s barley crop condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 4 percent poor, 16 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 27 percent excellent. Barley harvest was 28 percent complete, compared with 9 percent last year and the 5-year average of 14 percent.

Winter wheat production is forecast at 100.80 million bushels, up 17 percent from the July 1 forecast and up 128 percent from the 44.28 million bushels produced last year. Area for harvest is expected to total 2.40 million acres, unchanged from July 1, but 760,000 acres more than the 1.64 million acres harvested in 2013. As of August 1, the average yield is forecast at 42.0 bushels per acre, 6.0 bushels above the July 1 forecast and 15.0 bushels above last year’s final yield. As of August 3, Colorado’s winter wheat harvest was 96 percent complete, compared with 97 percent last year and the 5-year average of 98 percent.

Colorado farmers and ranchers expect to harvest 750,000 acres of alfalfa hay this year, up 100,000 acres from 2013. They also expect to harvest 580,000 acres of other hay in 2014, down 80,000 acres from last year. Alfalfa production is forecast at 2.70 million tons, up 43 percent from the 1.89 million tons produced in 2013. Other hay production is forecast at 1.16 million tons, up 10 percent from 1.06 million tons a year ago. Yields are expected to average 3.60 tons per acre for alfalfa and 2.00 tons per acre for other hay, compared to last year’s yields of 2.90 tons per acre for alfalfa hay and 1.60 tons for other hay.

Dry bean production for 2014 is forecast at 752,000 hundredweight, up 39 percent from the 540,000 hundredweight produced a year earlier. Yields are expected to average 1,600 pounds per acre, up from 1,500 pounds per acre last year. Growers expect to harvest 47,000 acres this year, up 11,000 acres from 36,000 acres last year. Sugarbeet production is forecast at 890,000 tons, up 3 percent from the 861,000 tons produced in 2013. Growers expect to harvest 29,100 acres this year compared with 25,700 a year ago. Yields are expected to average 30.6 tons per acre, down from 33.5 tons per acre a year ago.

Colorado peach production for 2014 is forecast at 12,000 tons, up 64 percent from last year’s production of 7,330 tons. Colorado commercial apple production for 2014 is forecast at 11.4 million pounds, up 104 percent from last year’s production of 5.6 million  pounds.

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07-11-14 *USDA/NASS* Colorado Crop Production Report: July 2014

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COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Based on July 1 conditions, winter wheat production in Colorado is forecast at 86.4 million bushels, down 3 percent from the June 1 forecast but 95 percent above the 44.3 million bushels produced last year. Estimated acreage for harvest, at 2.40 million acres, is down 150,000 acres from June 1, but 760,000 acres more than the 1.64 million acres harvested in 2013. As of July 1, the average yield is forecast at 36.0 bushels per acre, 1.0 bushel above the June 1 forecast, and 9.0 bushels above last year’s final yield.

As of June 29, Colorado’s winter wheat crop condition was rated 27 percent very poor, 13 percent poor, 22 percent fair, 31 percent good, and 7 percent excellent. Winter wheat harvested was at 5 percent, compared with 6 percent last year and the 5-year average of 22 percent.

Barley production is forecast at 7.50 million bushels, down 3 percent from the 2013 crop. Area harvested is expected to total 60,000 acres, up 2,000 acres from the 58,000 acres harvested last year. Barley yield is forecast at 125.0 bushels per acre, 8.0 bushels per acre below last year.

As of June 29, Colorado’s barley crop condition was rated 2 percent very poor, 2 percent poor, 13 percent fair, 56 percent good, and 27 percent excellent. Barley headed was at 37 percent, compared with 58 percent last year and the 5-year average of 57 percent.

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Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.37 billion bushels, down 1 percent from the June 1 forecast and down 11 percent from 2013. Based on July 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 42.2 bushels per acre, down 0.2 bushel from last month and down 5.2 bushels from last year. The area expected to be harvested for grain or seed totals 32.4 million acres, unchanged from the Acreage report released on June 30, 2014 but up slightly from last year. Hard Red Winter production, at 703 million bushels, is down 2 percent from last month. Soft Red Winter, at 458 million bushels, is up 1 percent from the June forecast. White Winter, at 206 million bushels, is up slightly from last month. Of the White Winter production, 10.6 million bushels are Hard White and 196 million bushels are Soft White.

Production for the 2014 barley crop is forecast at 187 million bushels, down 13 percent from 2013. Based on conditions as of July 1, the average yield for the United States is forecast at 71.2 bushels per acre, down 0.5 bushel from last year. Area harvested for grain or seed, at 2.63 million acres, is unchanged from the previous forecast but down 12 percent from 2013. When compared with last year, yields are expected to decrease throughout much of the United States due to drought conditions in the Pacific Northwest and wet conditions in the Midwest and Northeast. Conversely, adequate moisture in the northern and central Rocky Mountains have lead to  expected yield increases in Montana, Utah, and Wyoming.

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07-10-14 Inside the RMFU with Bob Kjelland: Waters of the US, Commodity Prices, Aging Ag Workforce, CO Farmers Markets and MORE…


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Bob Kjelland RMFU Dir of Communications

Bob Kjellan, RMFU’s Director of Communications

(BARN Media & CoAgNews Network – Briggsdale, CO) July 10th, 2014 – On this month’s edition of the Rocky Mountain Farmers Union’s Radioline Report inside the BARN on the Colorado Ag News Network I will be visiting with RMFU’s NEW Director of Communications Bob Kjelland. Kjelland discusses several topics including:

  • EPA’s “Waters of the US” proposed final rule and the RMFU’s “They Don’t Talk For Me” ad campaign
  • The recent slide of ag commodity prices
  • NFU’s Solution to the Aging Ag Workforce Problem
  • Colorado’s Farmers Markets
  • & Much More!

Additional Information and links regarding the EPA’s proposed Final Rule on the “Waters of the US”:

Comment period extended thru October

The Rocky Mountain Farmers Union: Serving family farming and ranching since 1907…Learn more online @ www.rmfu.org

06-11-14 *USDA/NASS* Colorado Crop Production Report: June 2014

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COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Based on June 1conditions, winter wheat production in Colorado is forecast at 89.3 million bushels, up 6.0 percent from
the May 1 forecast and 102 percent above the 44.3 million bushels produced last year. Estimated acreage for harvest, at
2.55 million acres, is unchanged from May 1, and 910,000 acres more than the 1.64 million acres harvested in 2013. As of
June 1, the average yield is forecast at 35.0 bushels per acre, 2 bushels above the May 1 forecast, and 8 bushels above last
year’s final yield.

As of June 1, Colorado’s winter wheat crop condition was rated above a year ago with 24 percent very poor, 15 percent
poor, 29 percent fair, 28 percent good, and 4 percent excellent, compared with 35 percent very poor, 23 percent poor, 30
percent fair, 11 percent good, and 1 percent excellent last year.

Growing conditions have been favorable for small grains most of this spring. Periods of warm weather have helped the
crop to develop at a near normal rate, while rainy periods have helped the condition of the crop. Hail and flooding have
been noted in areas of the state and some areas remain in need of moisture. Currently, winter wheat in the state is in
mostly fair to good condition.

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05-22-14 Inside the CO FFA Foundation w/Executive Director Don Thorn: 86th CO FFA State Convention May 28-30…

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Don Thorn Executive Director Co FFA Foundation(The BARN – Briggsdale, CO) May 22nd –  Joining the BARN to discuss the latest news and events involving the Colorado FFA Foundation is Executive Director Don Thorn discussing the 86th CO FFA State COnvention at Adams State University in Alamosa on May 28-29-39…click the audio link above to listen

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 2014 Colorado FFA State Convention – CLICK HERE

05-09-14 *USDA/NASS* Colorado Crop Production Report…May 2014

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COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Winter wheat production in Colorado, based on conditions as of May 1, 2014, is forecast at 84.15 million bushels. This forecast is 90 percent above last year’s drought reduced production of 44.28 million bushels and 14 percent above the 73.78 million bushel crop produced two years ago. Acreage for harvest, estimated at 2.55 million acres, is 910,000 acres more than a year ago. Average yield is forecast at 33.0 bushels per acre, up 6.0 bushels per acre from last year’s yield, but 12.0 bushels per acre below the record high yield of 45.0 set in 2010.

This year’s crop was planted under mostly favorable conditions last fall resulting in good but variable stands going into winter dormancy. Following a relatively mild winter, cool temperatures experienced in March and April have delayed crop development to about one to two weeks behind normal, statewide. Damaging wind has produced dust storms and blow-out in the southeastern growing areas. Variable soil moisture supplies ranging from mostly short in the southern areas to adequate in the northern areas currently exist.

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, 2014 totaled 320,000 tons, down 11 percent from stocks of 360,000 tons on hand last year. Hay production for 2013 was 2.94 million tons, 22 percent lower than 2012 production. Disappearance from December 1, 2013 to May 1, 2014 is 1.1 million tons, compared with 1.2 million tons the same period a year earlier.

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