Colorado Crop Progress Report – Week Ending September 16, 2018

AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Hot and dry weather accelerated crop maturity and harvest activities last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Northwestern counties received no moisture, and new fires were reported. In northeastern counties, winter wheat planting slowed slightly due to dry conditions. Reporters noted early sugarbeet harvest was also underway and millet harvest progressed well last week. Livestock were reportedly in good condition, with producers starting to wean calves. East central counties also experienced warmer than normal temperatures and no moisture. A reporter noted crops were doing well but some grain sorghum wasn’t expected to make it to maturity due to moisture received too late. In southwestern counties, hot and dry temperatures provided no relief from exceptional drought conditions. In the San Luis Valley, potato harvest picked up last week and barley harvest was virtually complete. Harvest conditions were noted to be very good, although warm. A reporter noted some producers were feeding hay to supplement livestock on pastures that were short on grass. Southeastern counties also experienced hot, dry, and windy conditions last week. Stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 12 percent short, 80 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Sheep death loss was 63 percent average and 37 percent light. Cattle death loss was 69 percent average and 31 percent light.

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