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Wheat rated fair to good condition

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During the week ending March 10 most of Colorado experienced below average precipitation levels with above average temperatures for this time of year, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Colorado Field Office, March 11.

Overall, mountain snowpack is 81 percent of average. Farmers were allowed 4.5 days in the field for spring operations.

Three percent of the winter wheat crop was reported being pastured last week. The crop was rated in mostly fair to good condition due to a dry winter but good germination last fall. Spring barley was 4 percent seeded by the end of the week, a little ahead of the 5-year average of 3 percent. Producers started seeding spring wheat which was 2 percent seeded at week's end compared to 1 percent on average at this time.

Onion growers started planting last week with 1 percent of the acreage in the ground by week's end compared with 4 percent last year and 2 percent on average.

Pasture and range feed conditions were rated mostly fair to poor across the State. Last year, 72 percent was rated fair to good at this time compared with 56 percent fair to good this year. Forty percent of cows have calved since Jan. 1 while 28 percent of the ewes have lambed during the same time frame. Death losses for cattle and sheep were average. Stored feed supplies were also rated average for this time of year

Date: 3/18/2013



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