Colorado Crop Progress Report – Week Ending November 17

AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Fall harvest made gains over last week where conditions allowed, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Statewide, grain sorghum harvest was nearly complete. Limited precipitation received early in the week was mostly confined to northeastern counties. Harvest progress in northeastern and east central counties continued, but moisture content was still too high for some producers. A county reporter noted spotty winter wheat emergence and thin stands in areas were a concern for producers. Dry pasture conditions were also concerning for livestock producers where precipitation has not been adequate. In southwestern counties, conditions continued to deteriorate due to severe drought. According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, all southwestern counties and some San Luis Valley counties were rated under severe drought. San Luis Valley reporters noted hay supplies were below normal, but despite dry conditions, livestock and ranges remained in mostly good condition. In southeastern counties, dry weather prevailed last week and moisture was needed. Harvest continued, but moisture content of corn still remained high in areas. Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 2 percent short, 82 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus. Sheep death loss was 2 percent heavy, 73 percent average, and 25 percent light. Cattle death loss was 72 percent average and 28 percent light.

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