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Maura Bennett Crop Report Due Soon
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Program: Colorado Ag Today
Date: September 10, 2018

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A new crop report is due this week.

According to the USDA news service experts have been busy in states assessing more than 75 hundred corn and soybean fields.

Lance Honig with the USDA Statistics Service says that’s twice the number of fields monitored for the last report. He says crops are further along now and that makes it easier to get an accurate forecast.

Crop counters in some cases have been able to send mature plants to the lab for analysis.

“But even as the ear is developing there are measurements we can take out in the field.”

Honig says this year corn and soybean crop development is a little ahead of average. That should make it a little easier to come out with a more accurate forecast.

In Colorado, According to the USDA Statistics Service,

Harvest and maturity of several crops proceeded well ahead of the average. Northeastern and east central counties experienced mixed conditions varying between hot weather and cooler, overcast days. Minimal moisture was received, causing further concern in drier areas regarding fall planting and pasture conditions. Some livestock producers in drought-stressed areas of these counties were using other grazing options, such as CRP. Demand for surplus feed supplies was noted to be very strong.

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