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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.
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