Colorado experienced record high temperatures, coupled with dry winds most of the week ending July 13, causing crop conditions to decline statewide, according to the Colorado Agricultural Statistics Service, July 14.
The weather pattern denied most areas of state from receiving moisture. Farmers averaged 6.8 days suitable for fieldwork. Topsoil moisture supplies fell to 19% very short, 43% short, 37% adequate and one percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies also slipped to 22% very short, 48% short and 30% adequate.
Winter wheat finished the week at 94% ripe and in mostly fair to good condition, behind last year at 98% but ahead of the average of 90%. Winter wheat harvest advanced to 57% harvested, behind both 87% last year and 69% on average. Spring wheat, at 99% headed and 28% turning color, was maturing slower than both last year and average but improved slightly to be rated in mostly good to excellent condition. The spring barley crop was 45% turning color, ahead of both last year at 39%, and the average of 42%. Spring barley continued to be rated in mostly good to excellent condition. Spring wheat and barley harvests began during the week, with three percent of each crop harvested by the end of the week.
Corn was rated in mostly good to excellent condition, with five percent of the crop in the silk stage, behind both last year, at 11%, and the average of eight percent. Sorghum was 97% emerged and in mostly good to fair condition, ahead of both last year's pace of 91% and the average of 96%. Sorghum was also one percent headed, behind last year's three percent but right on pace with the average. The sunflower crop is in mostly good to excellent condition. The second cutting of alfalfa was 20% complete, behind both last year at 28% and 27% on average. Alfalfa was rated in mostly good to excellent condition.
Dry beans were 10% flowered and in mostly good to fair condition, behind both 12% last year and 15% on average. Summer potatoes were rated in mostly good to excellent condition. Fall potatoes were rated in mostly good to fair condition. Both sugar beets and dry onions are rated in mostly good to excellent condition.
Pasture and range feed condition was rated at nine percent very poor, 19% poor, 48% fair, 20% good and four percent excellent. Forage growth has been slowed due to hot, dry winds.