AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Cool, wet conditions persisted in widespread fashion last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. However, several days during the previous week saw trace
precipitation, which permitted fieldwork in some instances. Planting activities were generally limited outside this narrow window of opportunity while germination and growth of some crops were hindered in kind. Winter wheat jointed and headed remain slightly behind last year while conditions are currently rated 65 percent good to excellent, compared with 55 percent good to excellent last year. Several instances of stripe rust were reported in the eastern district as a consequence of recent conditions. As of May 16, Colorado SNOTEL Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) metrics indicate 123 percent of average, statewide. The Southwest and San Luis Valley were 97 and 98 percent of average, respectively. Stored feed supplies were rated 7 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus. Sheep death loss was 59 percent average and 41 percent light. Cattle death loss was 80 percent average and 20 percent light.
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