Localized rain showers fell at the beginning of the week, which was predominately warm and dry, said the Colorado Agricultural Statistics Service May 15.
Freezing temperatures in the 25 to 30 degree range hit numerous portions of the Eastern Plains, Saturday morning, May 13. With more than a third of the state's winter wheat crop at or beyond the headed stage of development, some freeze damage is to be expected. Most other crops are not expected to have had serious damage.
Producers averaged almost six days suitable for fieldwork during the week.
Topsoil moisture supplies are rated 1% surplus, 73% adequate, 22% short and 4% very short. Subsoil moisture supplies were rated 1% surplus, 69% adequate, 24% short and 6% very short.
The winter wheat crop remains in mostly good condition, with just over a third of the crop headed, compared with 9% headed last year and 8% for the five-year average.
Seeding of spring wheat progressed to 86% complete, slightly below last year's progress of 87% but just above the five-year average of 83%. The emergence of spring wheat is currently at 65% complete, with condition rated as mostly good throughout the state.
Seeding of spring barley is virtually complete, with emergence currently at 83% complete and condition rated as mostly good to excellent.
Farmers have planted almost three-fourths of this year's corn acreage, which compares to last year's 45% and the five-year average of 64%. Almost one-third of the corn acreage has emerged.
Sorghum planting continues to make good progress with 11% of the intended acreage now planted.
Farmers also started planting dry beans last week.
Onion condition is rated mostly good to excellent throughout the state.
Currently, 55% of the sugar beet crop is at or beyond the up-to-stand stage. Sugar beet condition is rated mostly good throughout the state.
Planting of summer potatoes is virtually complete, with half of the crop being emerged. Summer potato condition is rated mostly good to excellent throughout the state. Planting of fall potatoes is 82% complete, compared with 54% last year and a five-year average of 52%.
Pasture and range condition is rated mostly fair to good throughout the state.