Colorado Crop Progress Report – Week Ending October 21, 2018

AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Hard freezes in several areas last week ended the growing season, as producers continued harvest and fall planting where conditions allowed, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Winter wheat planted was nearly complete by week’s end and hard freezes aided crop dry down. Northeastern county reporters noted prior moisture and cool temps delayed fieldwork in areas and slowed winter wheat emergence, but warm temperatures later in the week allowed harvest to continue. A reporter in Morgan county noted sugarbeet harvest was in full swing last week. In east central counties, scattered moisture was received last week. A reporter noted prior moisture continued to hamper fall harvest. Reporters in southwestern counties noted recent rains improved conditions, but moisture has been unevenly distributed and exceptional drought conditions persist. In the San Luis Valley, potato harvest was virtually complete. A reporter noted hay supplies were still noticeably short. In southeastern counties, more rain was received last week that delayed harvest. A reporter noted they had two hard freezes which ended growth for corn and sorghum, but was harsh enough to set alfalfa back. Statewide, corn was rated 68 percent good to excellent, compared with 78 percent rated good to excellent last year. Stored feed supplies were rated 8 percent very short, 19 percent short, 68 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Sheep death loss was 72 percent average and 28 percent light. Cattle death loss was 2 percent heavy, 76 percent average, and 22 percent light.

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