Colorado Crop Progress Report – Week Ending September 23

AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Hot and dry weather was widespread with reported isolated precipitation throughout the state last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. In northeastern counties, winter wheat planting progressed well despite dry soil conditions. Livestock were reportedly in good condition, with producers marketing calves to alleviate using forage. Northeastern and east central counties noted winter wheat being seeded into dry topsoil. In southwestern counties, hot and dry temperatures provided no relief from exceptional drought conditions, and very little winter wheat has been planted. In the San Luis Valley, potato harvest picked up last week as well as producers starting the third cutting of alfalfa.
Stored feed supplies were rated 7 percent very short, 18 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus. Sheep death loss was 70 percent average and 30 percent light. Cattle death loss was 75 percent average and 25 percent light.

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