The Eastern Plains received some much needed moisture, with rain Tuesday and Wednesday, followed by snow Thursday and Friday, says the Colorado Agricultural Statistics Service March 13.

This area also received some pea to larger size hail, with little crop damage sustained.

The Front Range also received some moisture, with the mountain areas still getting an abundant amount of snow, especially in the central and northern areas.

Colorado farmers were able to average 3.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending March 12.

Topsoil moisture supplies are rated 2% surplus, 65% adequate, 27% short and 6% very short. Subsoil moisture supplies are rated 1% surplus, 52% adequate, 41% short and 6% very short.

Winter wheat being pastured, at 5%, is the same as last year, but 1 point below the five-year average. Nearly two-thirds of the winter wheat is reportedly in good to excellent condition. The additional moisture along the Eastern Plains will provide spring crops and winter wheat a good start.

Seeding of spring barley is 5% complete, below last year's 11% and slightly below the five-year average of 8%.

Dry onion planting is 18% complete, well ahead of last year's progress and the five-year average of 9%.

Calving, at 41%, is 2 points ahead of last year's progress and 1 point above the five-year average.

Lambing, at 33%, is 1 point above last year, but 2 points below the five-year average.

Cattle and sheep losses have been mostly average or below average, in all areas.

Pasture and range feed condition is rated mostly from good to fair throughout the state. Stored feed supplies are mostly adequate, reflecting the generally mild winter, in most areas.

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