Colorado Crop Progress Report – Week Ending July 22, 2018

AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Most areas of the state benefitted from monsoonal moisture last week, according to the Mountain
Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Hot temperatures continued to accelerate crop development
and maturity of small grains; winter wheat harvested was still ahead of average by week’s end. Northeastern counties received enough
moisture to slow winter wheat harvest slightly in areas, but return of hot and dry weather allowed producers to make rapid progress
overall. A reporter in Morgan county noted winter wheat yield losses were observed due to insect damage from wheat stem sawfly.
Livestock were reportedly doing well in areas where pastureland has received good moisture and grass is lush. Irrigated crops were
noted to be thriving, although concerns were raised whether enough irrigation water would be available to see crops through to maturity.
East central counties also received beneficial moisture last week, although precipitation was spotty depending upon locality. Several
areas remained extremely dry, boosting concerns for late summer range and crop conditions. In southwestern counties, monsoonal
moisture brought relief to drought-stricken areas, but was not enough to make a significant dent yet in overall poor conditions. The San
Luis Valley received minimal moisture last week, but crops were doing well overall and advancing quickly due to heat. A reporter
noted second cutting of alfalfa just started last week. Range conditions continued to suffer due to lack of moisture, and hay supplies
were noted to be short. In southeastern counties, beneficial rain was received, although measured amounts were very spotty. A reporter
in Baca county noted cattle were being moved to CRP grass in order for native pasture grasses to get a rest due to drought. Statewide,
winter wheat harvested was at 90 percent complete, compared to 80 percent on average. Stored feed supplies were rated 7 percent very
short, 24 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Sheep death loss was 55 percent average and 45 percent light. Cattle
death loss was 59 percent average and 41 percent light.

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