Colorado

Spring snow storms provided additional moisture during the week, in most areas of the state, says the Colorado Agricultural Statistics Service April 3.

Colorado farmers were able to average just 3.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending April 2, because of wet field conditions.

Topsoil moisture supplies are rated 9% surplus, 86% adequate and 5% short. Subsoil moisture supplies are rated 3% surplus, 76% adequate, 17% short and 4% very short.

Winter wheat being pastured, at 4%, was slightly below last week, eight points below last year and three points below the five-year average.

About 80% of the winter wheat is in good to excellent condition. Condition continues to improve as a result of additional moisture received during the last several weeks.

Recent field observations have indicated a higher population of aphids this year, as a result of the mild winter.

Seeding of spring wheat, at 16%, is well behind last year's progress of 40% and slightly behind the five-year average of 19%.

Seeding of spring barley is 30% complete, also well behind last year's progress of 44% and just slightly below the five-year average of 31%.

Currently, producers have planted just over half the dry onion acreage, right on pace with last year's progress and the five-year average.

Producers have planted 13% of the sugar beets, compared with 27% at this time last and the five-year average of 17%.

Calving, at 65% complete, is slightly above last year, but just below the five-year average progress for this date.

Lambing is almost 50% complete, below last year's progress and 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 remain mostly adequate.

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