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Maura Bennett Winter and Spring Wheat harvest
by Maura Bennett, click here for bio

Program: Colorado Ag Today
Date: August 19, 2019

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The nation's winter wheat harvest is nearly complete. USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey

"89 percent finished nationally, that is behind the national average of 96 percent and last year's 93 percent.

The two states with the most left in the field are Idaho and Montana

Meanwhile Spring wheat harvest is also underway

With national progress under at 8 percent complete, well behind the 5 year average of 30 percent and last year's 32 percent

Winter wheat harvest was virtually complete by week's end as producers in only a few localities were still finishing harvest, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Significant moisture events last week were mostly confined to easte rn districts, although western counties received some isolated precipitation. In northwestern counties, received moisture kept pastures green but slightly delayed hay harvest, according to a county reporter. In northeastern counties, hot weather continued to advance spring crops toward maturity. Locally heavy rainfall in areas reduced fieldwork opportunities. Declining rangeland conditions in dry areas were still a concern due to lack of consistent moisture. Reporters noted dryland crops were still in mostly good condition, but measureable moisture was needed going forward.

The 2017 census shows wheat production in Colorado, estimated at 87.60 million bushels, is down 17 percent from 2016.

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