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Freezing temps damage wheat in southeast part of state Colorado

Colorado experienced cold and snowy conditions across the state during the week ending April 21, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Colorado Field Office, April 22.

Crops and fruit in isolated areas experienced freeze damage due to consistent low temperatures. Overall, mountain snowpack improved to 87 percent of average. Farmers were allowed 4.6 days in the field for spring operations.

Five percent of the winter wheat crop was reported being pastured this week, slightly above the five-year average of 3 percent. Freezing temperatures caused damage to wheat plantings in the southeastern area of the state. The crop condition rating was mostly fair to very poor. Spring barley was 42 percent seeded and 16 percent emerged by the end of the week, slightly behind the 5-year averages of 47 percent planted and 20 percent emerged. Spring wheat was 31 percent seeded by week’s end with 12 percent emerged.

Onion growers continue to make planting progress, with 56 percent of the crop planted by week’s end, considerably behind the 5-year average of 71 percent. Producers made limited progress in planting sugarbeets and summer potatoes. Sugarbeet plantings were at 8 percent by week’s end, significantly behind the 31 percent average. Summer potato plantings are behind the 5-year average of 22 percent, with 16 percent planted by week’s end

Rain and snow provided needed moisture to isolated areas across the state, but the long term outlook is still uncertain. Current conditions were rated 53 percent very poor compared to the five-year average of 10 percent.

Calving and lambing rates continue near the average, with 83 percent of cows having calved since Jan. 1, while 75 percent of the ewes lambed. Death losses for cattle and sheep were average. Stored feed supplies were rated short for this time of year.

Date: 4/29/2013


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