AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Last week, planting activities progressed on pace prior to midweek when an abundance of precipitation was received east of the Front Range, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics
Service, USDA. Precipitation fell in varying amounts each day last week while several storms produced hail and strong winds, resulting in some localized damage. A persisting concern among reporters was stripe rust, observed in greater frequency on wheat in eastern counties. Cutworm was added to the list of pests observed on wheat. In spite of these damage and quality assessments, crop, pasture and range conditions were generally better than average. Development of winter wheat remained slightly behind last year, but on par with the average, with crop conditions rated 68 percent good to excellent, compared with 49 percent good to excellent last year. As of May 31, Colorado SNOTEL Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) metrics indicate 212 percent of average, statewide. The Southwest and San Luis Valley were 317 and 119 percent of average, respectively. Stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent short, 78 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus. Sheep death loss was 60 percent average and 40 percent light. Cattle death loss was 81 percent average and 19 percent light.
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