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Crop Production – JULY 2017 – Colorado Highlights

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

Winter wheat production in Colorado, based on conditions as of July 1, 2017, is forecast at 84.00 million bushels, according to the July 1 Agricultural Yield Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. This forecast is up 8 percent from the June 1 forecast but 20 percent below the 105.12 million bushel crop produced last year. Estimated acreage for harvest, at 2.00 million acres, is 190,000 acres less than the 2.19 million acres harvested in 2016. As of July 1, the average yield is forecast at 42.0 bushels per acre, 2.0 bushels above the June 1 forecast but 6.0 bushels below last year’s final yield.

As of July 2, Colorado’s winter wheat crop condition was rated 6 percent very poor, 15 percent poor, 37 percent fair, 30 percent good, and 12 percent excellent, compared with 2 percent very poor, 8 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 51 percent good, and 15 percent excellent last year. Winter wheat harvested was 13 percent complete, compared with 6 percent last year and the 5-year average of 25 percent.

Barley production is forecast at 7.29 million bushels, down 24 percent from the 2016 crop. Area harvested is expected to total 54,000 acres, down 20,000 acres from the 74,000 acres harvested last year. Barley yield is forecast at 135.0 bushels per acre, 6.0 bushels per acre above last year.

As of July 2, Colorado’s barley crop condition was rated 22 percent fair, 49 percent good, and 29 percent excellent, compared with 13 percent fair, 52 percent good, and 35 percent excellent last year. Barley headed was at 82 percent complete, compared with 75 percent last year and the 5-year average of 68 percent.

UNITED STATES HIGHLIGHTS

Winter wheat production is forecast at 1.28 billion bushels, up 2 percent from the June 1 forecast but down 23 percent from 2016. Based on July 1 conditions, the United States yield is forecast at 49.7 bushels per acre, up 0.8 bushel from last month, but down 5.6 bushels from last year. If realized, this will be the second highest yield on record for the United States, behind only 2016. The area expected to be harvested for grain or seed totals 25.8 million acres, unchanged from the Acreage report released on June 30, 2017, but down 15 percent from last year.

Barley production is forecast at 143 million bushels, down 28 percent from 2016. Based on conditions as of July 1, the average yield for the United States is forecast at 73.5 bushels per acre, down 4.4 bushels from last year. Area harvested for grain or seed, at 1.95 million acres, is unchanged from the Acreage report released on June 30, 2017, but down 24 percent from 2016.

For a full copy of the Crop Production report please visit www.nass.usda.gov.

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