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Favorable crop conditions seen


The warm temperatures continued across Colorado during the week ending July 12 according to the the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Colorado Field Office, July 13. Most areas across the state reported above normal average temperatures for this time of year. This, along with an increase in moisture received, has led to the most favorable crop conditions in several years. Producers were allowed 5.7 days in the field.

Winter wheat was reported at 98 percent turning color, 67 percent ripe, and 25 percent harvested. The crop was reported in mostly good to excellent condition. Spring barley was 81 percent headed and 15 percent turning color by week's end with the crop rated in mostly good to excellent condition. Spring wheat was reported at 68 percent headed, 7 percent turning color, and also in mostly good to excellent condition.

Corn was 10 percent silked and in mostly good condition at the end of last week. Farmers finished planting sorghum last week and it was reported 89 percent emerged, 13 percent headed, and 3 percent turning color with the majority of the crop in good condition. Dry onions and sugarbeets continue to be rated in mostly good condition. Summer potatoes were fully emerged by week's end. Summer and fall potatoes were reported in mostly good condition. Producers finished the sunflower crop planting by week's end. Dry bean acreage was also completely planted, with 88 percent emerged, and 10 percent flowered. The majority of the crop is in good condition.

Conditions for pasture and range across Colorado remained consistent with last week. Currently, they are rated in mostly good condition. The alfalfa crop ended the week in mostly good condition with 95 percent of the first cutting complete and the 2nd cutting was 15 percent finished.

Death losses for cattle and sheep were rated just below average last week. Stored feed supplies bounced back to average for this time of the year. Livestock in Colorado are rated in mostly good condition.

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