Dry conditions exacerbated by heat in some areas COlorado
Relatively dry conditions prevailed during the week ending Aug. 17 with isolated precipitation concentrated throughout the west slope and the northeastern district, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Colorado Field Office, Aug. 18.
Reporters noted dryness in some localities was exacerbated by the hot temperatures and lack of rainfall. Agricultural activities were progressing last week in localities where conditions were ideal, such as within the San Luis Valley. Farmers were allowed 6.0 days in the field for operations.
Virtually all barley was in the coloring stage while 56 percent was harvested. This year’s harvest is ahead of last year and the average of 24 and 35 percent, respectively.
Eighty percent of the spring wheat crop was coloring by week’s end, behind 94 percent last year and the average of 95 percent. Harvest activities for spring wheat ended on 13 percent complete, behind 31 percent last year and 24 percent on average.
Dry beans were virtually all blooming as of last week.
Ninety-four percent of the corn crop was silked, 53 percent was in the dough stage, and 5 percent was dented compared with the respective averages of 98, 43, and 7 percent.
Harvest of onions was in the beginning stages last week, with 1 percent complete by week’s end. A year ago, 3 percent was complete while 8 percent is harvested on average by now. Harvest of potatoes outside the San Luis Valley was 9 percent complete, behind 21 percent last year and 14 percent on average.
Development of sorghum ended on 50 percent headed and 20 percent coloring, compared with respective averages of 70 and 33 percent.
Pasture and range conditions were rated 62 percent fair to good across the State. Last year, 49 percent was rated fair to good while 58 percent is fair to good on average. The second cutting of alfalfa, estimated at 89 percent complete, was slightly behind 92 percent cut last year and the five-year average of 90 percent. The third cutting of alfalfa was 40 percent complete, ahead of 20 percent last year the average of 26 percent.
Death losses for cattle and sheep remained mostly average to light. Stored feed supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 14 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus. Last week’s supplies were rated 5 percent very short, 15 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.