Colorado Crop Progress Report – Week Ending June 16

AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Warmer and drier weather last week accelerated crop development and allowed producers sufficient days in the field, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Isolated severe weather and damaging hail was reported in areas. In northeastern counties, reporters noted warm weather and recent moisture was beneficial for pasture grass growth and dryland crop conditions. Alfalfa harvest was underway and warm temperatures notably promoted corn growth last week. In the San Luis Valley, warm temperatures were more favorable for crop development, but a reporter mentioned potatoes were still progressing slowly. New seeding of alfalfa began last week. Southeastern counties received moisture last week with some hail reported. Alfalfa harvest was behind in these counties and sorghum was noted as slow to emerge. Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 22 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus. Sheep death loss was 80 percent average and 20 percent light. Cattle death loss was 92 percent average and 8 percent light.

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