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Crop development accelerated by warm temps

Colorado

Colorado experienced warmer temperatures during the week ending June 21 accelerating the crop development, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Colorado Field Office, June 22.

The dryer conditions allowed more time in the field, with most of the state still reporting good levels of irrigation water. Farmers were able to work 5.2 days in the field.

Winter wheat was reported at 64 percent turning color, with 7 percent ripe. The crop was also reported in mostly good condition. Spring barley was 7 percent headed by week's end and rated in mostly good to excellent condition. Spring wheat was reported as 8 percent headed, and 1 percent turning color with the rating of mostly good to excellent condition. All of the small grains progresses are significantly behind the 5-year average due to a cool, wet spring.

Farmers finished planting corn this week with 96 percent emerged and in mostly good condition. Sorghum was 67 percent planted, and 39 percent emerged. Dry onions are in mostly good condition. Summer potatoes were completely planted this week with 79 percent emerged. Fall potatoes were at 86 percent emerged. Both groups of potatoes were reported in mostly good condition. Farmers had 88 percent of the sunflower crop planted by week's end. Dry bean acreage was 77 percent planted with 53 percent emerged. Crop progress this week for row crops had a good push with crops closer to the 5- year average than in previous weeks.

Conditions for pasture and range across Colorado were rated mostly fair to good. The alfalfa crop ended the week in mostly good condition with 61 percent of the first cutting complete, a 26 point jump from the previous week, but still 12 points behind the average.

Death losses for cattle and sheep were rated just below average last week. Stored feed supplies were rated slightly above average for this time of year.



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