Colorado

Seasonal weather of hot and mostly dry weather prevailed during the week, says the Colorado Agricultural Statistics Service July 9.

Locally moderate to heavy afternoon thunderstorms provided beneficial moisture in some areas, but damaging hail in other areas.

Topsoil moisture supplies are rated 30% very short, 40% short and 30% adequate. Subsoil moisture supplies are rated 28% very short, 39% short, 32% adequate and 1% surplus.

Producers were able to average seven days suitable for fieldwork.

The warm, dry weather caused the winter wheat crop to progress quicker this past week, and almost the entire crop had turned color by week's end. Sixty-nine percent of the crop was ripe and 34% was harvested, 36% points behind last year's progress and 4 points behind the five-year average. Seventy-one percent of the crop remains in mostly good to fair condition. At 92% headed, the spring wheat crop is slightly ahead of the normal pace; however, only 32% was turning color by week's end.

Spring barley progress also is slightly ahead of normal, with nearly all of the acreage headed and 40% turning color. Spring wheat and spring barley continue to be rated as mostly good to fair condition. None of the acreage had been harvested as of July 8.

Corn continues to silk, and at 11% complete, is at least 8 points ahead of last year's progress and the five-year average.

Emergence of sorghum is nearing completion ahead of schedule. Corn and sorghum conditions are rated mostly good to excellent throughout the state.

Summer potato condition remains mostly good to excellent. Fall potato condition remains rated only good to fair.

At 98% complete, the first cutting of alfalfa is nearing completion 2 points ahead of last year's progress and the five-year average. On the other hand, 14% of the acreage has been cut a second time, at least 2 points behind last year's progress and the five-year average. Overall, the alfalfa hay acreage is in mostly good to fair condition.

Onion and sugar beet condition ratings continue to be rated as mostly good to excellent.

Five percent of the dry bean acreage has started to flower, slightly ahead of the normal pace, and is in mostly good to excellent condition.

The sunflower crop is rated in mostly good to fair condition.

With more than three-fourths of the pasture and range feed in good to fair condition, forage continues to dry out from the hot and mostly dry weather.

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