Some areas get rains, others remain dry colorado
Colorado experienced isolated thunderstorms and rain showers during the week ending July 7, increasing moisture supplies and improving crop conditions in localized areas, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Colorado Field Office, July 8.
Elsewhere, dry weather was prevalent, causing crop conditions and irrigation supplies to deteriorate. Reporters maintained that non-irrigated crops in some areas, particularly hay and small grains, are at high risk of abandonment. Statewide, on average, farmers were allowed 6.5 days in the field for operations.
Virtually all standing winter wheat was turning color with 45 percent ripe and 16 percent harvested thus far. Overall, condition ratings for winter wheat held steady last week with most still rated very poor to poor. Eighty-two percent of the barley crop was headed, on par with the five-year average. By week’s end, 7 percent of the barley crop was turning color, behind 24 percent last year and 16 percent on average. Spring wheat developed ahead of average, with 91 percent of the crop headed and 8 percent turning color.
Virtually all dry beans were emerged by week’s end while 2 percent were flowered. Sunflowers were up to 90 percent planted, up from 77 percent the previous week. Three percent of the corn crop was in the silking stage, behind 8 percent last year and the average of 6 percent. The sorghum crop ended the week at 82 percent emerged and 2 percent headed.
Pasture and range conditions showed a slight decline from last week, with 72 percent rated very poor to poor. The week prior, 71 percent was rated very poor to poor. The current five-year average for very poor to poor is 37 percent. The first and second cuttings of alfalfa were 90 percent and 13 percent complete, respectively. Livestock condition ratings improved slightly from the previous week. Death losses remained at average levels for cattle and sheep. Overall, stored feed supplies remained rated as average for this time of year.
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