Colorado Crop Progress Report – Week Ending October 27

AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY:  Cold and windy weather was seen throughout the State last week as producers continued harvest of row crops, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.  Precipitation and snowfall was seen in the Eastern plains and higher elevation counties.  In northeastern counties, dry weather was reported, however some fields remain too wet to be harvested.  Non-irrigated winter wheat in this area was reported with thin stands and lacking full emergence.  Producers throughout the northeast expressed a need for precipitation.  East central counties received about 3 to 5 inches of snowfall.  Producers in this area were nearly finished with harvest and reported calves going to sale.  In the San Luis Valley, dry conditions were reported but both livestock and pasture conditions were reported in good shape.  Calves were also going to market in this area of the State.  In southeastern counties, precipitation was seen but mostly less than a half of an inch.  Corn harvest was reported as progressing well, however sorghum harvest was reported as having a slower than normal start.  Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 1 percent very short, 3 percent short, 81 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus.  Sheep death loss was 2 percent heavy, 71 percent average, and 27 percent light.  Cattle death loss was 82 percent average and 18 percent light. 

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