Wheat planting progresses rapidly
Colorado did receive scattered showers during the week ending Sept. 30 resulting in above average precipitation levels, except in the San Luis Valley, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Colorado Field Office, Oct. 1.
Hail was reported damaging range and cropland in Baca County as a result from the storms. Temperatures were average last week. Topsoil and subsoil conditions remain rated mostly very short but some improvement was noted. Farmers were allowed 6.0 days in the field for operations.
Planting of winter wheat progressed at a rapid pace last week with 62 percent of the acreage planted by the end of the week. Emergence reached 20 percent last week compared with 37 percent for the 5-year average. Spring wheat harvest progressed to 86 percent complete by the end of last week.
Corn progressed to 87 percent mature and 26 percent harvested, 13 points ahead of the 5-year average. The crop condition was rated in mostly very poor to fair condition. Corn harvested for silage progressed to 95 percent harvested.
Dry bean progress was reported at 92 percent cut and 62 percent harvested. Dry onion harvest was 80 percent complete by week's end.
Sorghum progress increased to 40 percent mature and 11 percent harvested. The crop was rated in very poor to poor condition.
Sugarbeet harvest continued at the usual pace last week with 19 percent harvested with the crop rated in mostly good to fair condition. Fall potato harvest reached 75 percent complete. Sunflower harvest progressed to 9 percent complete and the crop's condition ranging from very poor to fair.
The condition of pasture land is rated mostly very poor to poor across the state. Alfalfa hay harvest continued with 70 percent of the 4th cutting complete. The condition of livestock was rated fair to good at the end of last week. Death losses for cattle and sheep were average. Stored feed supplies continue to be rated as short for this time of year.