Some areas see replenished soil moisture colorado
Precipitation received during the week ending April 28 replenished soil moisture supplies in localized areas, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Colorado Field Office, April 29.
However, vast portions of the state remained depleted of sufficient moisture as dry, windy conditions have persisted. Overall, mountain snowpack was reduced to 84 percent of average. Statewide, on average, farmers were allowed 5.3 days in the field for spring operations.
Five percent of the winter wheat crop was reported being pastured this week, unchanged from last week. Thirteen percent of the winter wheat crop had reached the jointing stage, behind 65 percent last year and 50 percent on average. The crop condition rating was mostly fair to very poor. Spring barley was 59 percent seeded by week’s end, behind last year and the average.
Fifteen percent of the barley crop had emerged, compared with 39 percent last year and 29 percent on average. Seeding of spring wheat advanced 14 percentage points from last week to 45 percent. Fifteen percent of the spring wheat crop had emerged, behind last year and average.
Planting of onions continued behind the average pace, with 63 percent planted last week. Sugarbeets were 10 percent planted, well behind last year and average. Producers also made limited progress planting potatoes last week, with a modest 3 percentage point increase to 19 percent by week’s end. Planting progress for the crop remained well behind average.
As moisture was still in short supply across the state, pasture and range conditions were rated 73 percent very poor to poor. This is compared with the five-year average of 32 percent very poor to poor.
Calving and lambing rates continue near the average, with 86 percent of cows having calved since Jan. 1, while 82 percent of ewes have lambed.
Death losses for cattle and sheep were average. Stored feed supplies were rated short for this time of year