Colorado Crop and Progress Report, Week Ending September 6, 2020



AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Extremely hot and dry weather persisted last week, pushing crop maturity and harvest progress, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.  

In northeastern counties, producers began corn silage harvest and harvest of millet. County reports continued to note failure of non-irrigated crops due to drought. 

Livestock producers continued to remove stock from native grass and provide supplemental feed. A county report noted producers were utilizing emergency CRP grazing in addition to aggressively culling their herds and weaning calves in response to drought.  

East central counties received spotty moisture early last week, but overall conditions remained very dry. Millet harvest advanced quickly and seeding of winter wheat was noted.  

Southwestern counties received minimal moisture last week and producers began corn silage harvest. 

Extreme drought conditions persisted. In the San Luis Valley, barley harvest, ahead of the average, was virtually complete. Potato harvest also picked up last week. Cooler weather was noted, but pastures and rangeland remained very dry.  

In southeastern counties, dry conditions allowed corn silage and alfalfa hay harvest to make good progress. Limited seeding of winter wheat also began.

Statewide, stored feed supplies were rated 8 percent very short, 29 percent short, 60 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus.  

Sheep death loss was 69 percent average and 31 percent light. Cattle death loss was 82 percent average and 18 percent light.


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