Colorado Crop Progress Report – Week Ending September 8th

AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY:  Record-high heat and dry conditions last week gave way to scattered moisture by week’s end, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.  Northeastern county reporters noted harvest of some spring crops continued, but many producers were waiting for crops to reach maturity.  A reporter mentioned corn maturity was behind average.  Weekend rain in the district provided needed moisture for rangeland and dryland acreage.  Reporters noted limited seeding of winter wheat began.  Livestock producers also began pre-weaning activities in preparation for weaning calves in the fall.  In east central counties, last week was hot and dry and many producers were waiting for moisture to begin seeding winter wheat in earnest.  Some localities received moisture on Sunday evening.  Western counties received isolated precipitation last week.  According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, abnormally dry conditions expanded in western counties and monsoonal moisture continued to disappoint.  In the San Luis Valley, barley harvest was nearing completion and potato harvest moved forward as conditions allowed around weekend precipitation.  Southeastern counties remained hot and dry last week although some localities received moisture on Sunday.  Crops were in need of additional moisture and a reporter mentioned irrigation water in canals had slowed.  Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 3 percent short, 85 percent adequate, and 12 percent surplus.  Sheep death loss was 1 percent heavy, 70 percent average, and 29 percent light.  Cattle death loss was 65 percent average and 35 percent light.

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