Colorado

Overall temperatures were more seasonal during the week, but windy conditions and a general lack of precipitation continued to stress dryland crops, says the Colorado Agricultural Statistics Service June 19.

The moisture received over the weekend was limited to the mountains along the Front Range, with some showers extending into the southeast.

Some crop condition ratings are deteriorating, due to the lack of moisture and hot weather.

Producers averaged almost a full seven days suitable for fieldwork during the week.

Topsoil moisture supplies are rated 27% adequate, 39% short and 34% very short. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 32% adequate, 33% short and 35% very short.

The winter wheat crop continues to show heat stress in many areas, with overall condition dropping into the mostly fair to good ratings. Just over three-fourths of the crop is turning color and 22% of the crop ripe. Almost half the spring wheat crop is headed, with 21% of the crop turning color.

Almost three-fourths of the spring barley crop is headed, with 10% of the crop turning color.

Spring wheat and spring barley conditions are rated as mostly good throughout the state.

Corn condition is rated mostly good to fair throughout the state.

The planting of sorghum is lagging, due to limited moisture in major producing counties. Sorghum planting continues, with 61% of the intended acreage planted, and 44% of the crop emerged.

Farmers have at least one-half the intended sunflower acreage planted. However, some acreage is not being planted because of the lack of moisture.

Farmers have planted 94% of the dry bean acreage, with two-thirds of the acreage emerged. Dry bean condition rated as mostly good throughout the state.

Onion and sugar beet condition is rated mostly good to excellent throughout the state.

The emergence of summer potatoes is complete, with condition rated as mostly good to excellent. Eighty-eight percent of the fall potatoes acreage has emerged.

The first cutting of alfalfa hay harvested by farmers is almost three-fourths complete and some farmers are beginning on the second cutting of alfalfa. Alfalfa condition is rated as mostly good to fair throughout the state.

Pasture and range feed condition is rated mostly fair. Forage is drying up quickly from the recent hot weather and very limited moisture.

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