Colorado Crop Progress Report – Week Ending July 21

AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Hot and dry weather last week allowed wheat harvest to advance quickly, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. In northeastern counties, wheat harvest was fully underway, although cooler temperatures and isolated moisture at week’s end kept some producers out of the field. Yield reports from producers in these counties were noted as favorable. Reporters noted rangeland and dryland corn were starting to show stress from the hot weather in areas where rain was not received. In east central counties, wheat harvest continued and isolated moisture along with severe weather was reported. San Luis Valley reporters noted minimal rain was received and temperatures were warm. Crops and livestock were reportedly doing well, although rangeland was starting to dry out from the lack of precipitation. Barley heading was also noted as complete. In southeastern counties, reporters noted varying amounts of rain fell last week. Some areas received over two inches of rain and others remained dry. Hail was also reported. Winter wheat harvest was wrapping up, although a reporter noted some fields were not cut due to prior freeze damage. Alfalfa hay was noted as yielding well. Statewide, winter wheat was rated 77 percent good to excellent. Stored feed supplies were rated 1 percent very short, 13 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Sheep death loss was 1 percent heavy, 58 percent average, and 41 percent light. Cattle death loss was 1 percent heavy, 79 percent average, and 20 percent light.

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