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Dry conditions persist

Moisture concerns remained the central focus of producers as dry conditions persisted during the week ending June 9, even though isolated precipitation was received, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Colorado Field Office, June 10.

The heaviest rainfall occurred in the eastern half of Colorado. The predominantly dry conditions gave producers ample time for planting activities. Crop development was spurred in localized portions of Colorado as an abundance of heat and sun prevailed. As of June 10, mountain snowpack measured 71 percent of average. Statewide, on average, farmers were allowed 6.6 days in the field for spring operations.

Winter wheat developed at an accelerated pace, ending the week at 64 percent headed. That is an increase of 29 percentage points. Condition ratings for winter wheat generally held steady with the majority rated very poor to fair. Development of barley continued behind average with only 1 percent headed, behind 14 percent on average. The spring wheat crop progressed 21 percentage points from the previous week to 24 percent headed by week’s end. This is compared with 13 percent headed last year and 9 percent on average.

Sugarbeet planting activities slowed in pace last week reaching 90 percent by week’s end. Last week, corn planting activities were virtually complete. Eighty percent of the corn crop had emerged, up 15 percentage points from last week. Summer and fall potatoes were 70 and 37 percent emerged, respectively. Both crops were close to their respective averages in development. Planting of dry beans advanced 32 percentage points from the previous week to 57 percent complete. Thirteen percent of the state’s dry bean crop had emerged, behind 25 percent last year and the average of 22 percent.

Thirty-seven percent of the sunflower crop was planted by week’s end, up from 21 percent last week. Sorghum planting activities reached 59 percent complete by week’s end, with twelve percent of the crop having emerged.

Pasture and range conditions ended the week at 58 percent very poor to poor, up from 54 percent reported the previous week. This is compared with the five-year average of 33 percent very poor to poor. The first cutting of alfalfa reached 43 percent complete by week’s end, up from 12 percent reported the previous week. Livestock condition ratings generally held steady. Death losses remained at average levels for cattle and sheep. Stored feed supplies remained rated as average for this time of year.

Date: 6/17/2013


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