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Maura Bennett Crop Progress
by Maura Bennett, click here for bio

Program: Colorado Ag Today
Date: April 24, 2019

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No Hay Report this week due to light trading.

As of April 22, snowpack in Colorado was 128 measured as percent of median snowfall according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Isolated precipitation held soil moisture supplies across Colorado steady last week..

In northwestern counties, snow cover receded from meadows and south-facing slopes, but moving stock to pasture was noted as still a few weeks off.

Northeastern counties noted calving was nearing completion and fieldwork progressed around precipitation events.

Below freezing temperatures at night hindered some progress. In east central counties, beneficial moisture was received and winter wheat is growing quickly.

In the San Luis Valley, warmer and drier conditions aided producer fieldwork.

Crop Progress:

Barley emergence picked up and seed potato growers have begun planting.

Alfalfa damaged last winter was reported as being replanted to another crop for this year.

In southeastern counties, last week was dry and windy. A reporter noted producers were preparing to plant corn, despite cooler ground.

Statewide, winter wheat condition was rated 73 percent good to excellent, compared to 36 percent rated good to excellent last year. That’s better than the national average but as USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey noted winter wheat is doing much better than this time last year.

Rippey says winter wheat heading is behind due to all the wet storms that have occurred across the nation. Just 9% percent of winter wheat is headed at this report.

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