Warm temps help crop development
Colorado experienced warmer temperatures during the week ending June 28 accelerating the crop development once again, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Colorado Field Office, June 29.
Most of the state experienced a good amount of moisture with the parts of the Front Range showing 2.57 inches of rain. The south central and southeast part of the state reported very dry conditions. Farmers were able to work 5.1 days in the field.
Winter wheat was reported at 81 percent turning color, 13 percent ripe, with harvest at 3 percent. The crop was also reported in mostly good condition. Spring barley was 34 percent headed by week's end and rated in mostly good to excellent condition. Spring wheat was reported as 31 percent headed, and 2 percent turning color with the rating of mostly good to excellent condition.
Corn was reported 99 percent emerged and in mostly good condition. Sorghum was 77 percent planted, with 58 percent emerged, and heading was at 1 percent. Dry onions are in mostly good condition. Summer potatoes were 84 percent emerged. Fall potatoes were at 99 percent emerged. Both groups of potatoes were reported in mostly good condition. Farmers had 94 percent of the sunflower crop planted by week's end.
Dry bean acreage was 89 percent planted with 61 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 76 percent of the first cutting complete and 2nd cutting starting in southern parts of the state.
Death losses for cattle and sheep were rated just below average last week. Stored feed supplies were rated average for this time of year.