Hot, dry weather for another week
Most of Colorado experienced hot and dry weather during the week ending Sept. 9 with below average precipitation and above average temperatures, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Colorado Field Office, Sept. 10.
There were a few scattered showers reported across the state bringing limited relief, but conditions are still very dry. Topsoil and subsoil conditions remain rated mostly very short last week. Farmers were allowed 6.7 days in the field for operations.
Spring barley and spring wheat harvest progressed to 93 and 66 percent harvested by the end of last week, respectively.
Corn progressed to 83 percent dented, 26 percent mature, and 2 percent harvested. The crop condition was rated in mostly very poor to fair condition. Corn harvested for silage progressed to 50 percent harvested.
Dry bean progress was reported at 50 percent cut and 10 percent harvested. The crop was rated in fair to poor condition. Dry onion harvest was 50 percent complete with the crop rated in mostly good condition. Summer potatoes were 85 percent harvested, 51 percentage points ahead of the 5-year average.
Sorghum progress increased to 98 percent headed, 83 percent turning color, 12 percent mature, and 1 percent harvested. The crop was rated in mostly very poor to poor condition.
Sugarbeets were rated in mostly good to fair condition. Fall potato harvest was 33 percent complete and the crop was rated in mostly good condition. Sunflower condition ranged from very poor to fair at the end of last week.
The condition of pasture land is rated mostly very poor to poor across the state. Alfalfa hay harvest continued with 85 percent of the 3rd cutting complete and 21 percent of the 4th cutting complete. The crop's condition was rated evenly from very poor to good condition.
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 have been reduced due to the drought and high demand, and were rated short for this time of year.