Colorado Crop Progress Report – Week Ending September 9, 2018

AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Conditions for fieldwork were mixed last week, but planting and harvesting activities continued
around scattered moisture events early in the week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics
Service, USDA. In northeastern counties, warm and dry weather allowed producers to make good progress harvesting corn silage.
Producers were reportedly beginning to seed winter wheat or preparing equipment to do so. Soil conditions were noted to be mostly
favorable for winter wheat seeding. In drier areas, pasture and range conditions continued to deteriorate and livestock producers were
searching for alternative feed sources. In east central counties, early week moisture also made conditions favorable for planting winter
wheat in areas. A reporter noted cool weather slowed maturity of some crops. In southwestern counties, welcome moisture was received
last week. Heavy in areas, a reporter noted one location received 1.25 inches of rain in under 2 hours. However, widespread drought
conditions persisted. In the San Luis Valley, rain slowed barley harvest in areas, although most producers made good progress when
weather allowed. Potato harvest was noted to be slow last week. Southeastern county reporters noted good moisture was received last
week and contributed to favorable conditions for winter wheat seeding and emergence. The wet weather was enough in areas to delay
alfalfa harvest and winter wheat seeding slightly. A reporter noted damp and cool conditions slowed the maturity of grain sorghum, but
helped rangeland recover somewhat from extreme drought conditions this year. A reporter also mentioned some corn intended for grain
was being harvested for silage due to damage from lack of moisture earlier in the season. Stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very
short, 16 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Sheep death loss was 60 percent average and 40 percent light. Cattle
death loss was 3 percent heavy, 66 percent average, and 31 percent light.

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