Colorado Crop Progress Report – Week Ending June 9

AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Warmer and drier weather last week allowed producers more days in the field and helped advance crop development, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Isolated severe weather and precipitation were reported in several counties. Northeastern county reporters noted corn planting neared completion last week and alfalfa hay harvest was underway. A reporter mentioned receiving more reports than normal of invasive cheatgrass stands, raising concerns for fire danger and future weed control. In the San Luis Valley, light damage to barley from hail was reported last week. Although still behind the average, fall potato emergence picked up slightly due to warmer temperatures. Some freeze damage was noted in alfalfa due to below freezing overnight temperatures late in the week. Reporters mentioned more heat units are needed for crop development to really move ahead. In southeastern counties, sorghum planting began and some corn was still being planted last week. Varying amounts of isolated precipitation were received. Hay harvest progressed slowly as conditions allowed. Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 16 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Sheep death loss was 1 percent heavy, 90 percent average, and 9 percent light. Cattle death loss was 2 percent heavy, 87 percent average, and 11 percent light.

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