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Moisture helps crops improve


Colorado enjoyed some much needed moisture during the week ending April 19, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Colorado Field Office, April 20.

A spring rain/snow storm brought measurable amounts of precipitation to the majority of the state. Mountain snowpack increased 10 percent to 111 percent of the average. Temperatures were rated at or slightly below average for the week. Farmers were allowed 4.0 days in the field for spring operations.

The winter wheat crop was reported being 3 percent pastured, 24 percent jointed, and 1 percent headed last week. The moisture raised the crop rating to mostly good condition. Spring barley was 34 percent seeded and 19 percent emerged by week's end and rated in mostly good condition. Spring wheat was 27 percent planted and 12 percent emerged with the crop rated in fair to good condition. Dry onions were 60 percent planted, 9 percent below last year and 15 percent behind the five-year average. Sugar beets were 26 percent planted while summer potatoes were 14 percent planted by week's end. Corn planting progressed to 8 percent completed; slightly ahead of last year and the five-year average of 6 percent.

Conditions for the pasture and range across Colorado increased last week as a result of the added moisture. Currently, they are rated in mostly fair to poor for the state. Eighty percent of cows have calved since Jan. 1 while 77 percent of the ewes have lambed during the same time frame. Death losses for cattle were rated at average last week and sheep losses were below average. Stored feed supplies are rated slightly above average for this time of year.

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