Colorado Crop Progress Report
Warmer and drier weather last week allowed producers more days in the field and helped advance crop development,
Isolated severe weather and precipitation were reported in several counties.
Northeastern county reporters noted corn planting neared completion last week and alfalfa hay harvest was underway.
A reporter mentioned receiving more reports than normal of invasive cheatgrass stands, raising concerns for fire danger and future weed control.
In the San Luis Valley, light damage to barley from hail was reported last week.
Fall potato emergence is still behind the average, but it picked up slightly due to warmer temperatures.
Some freeze damage was noted in alfalfa due to below freezing overnight temperatures late in the week. More heat units are needed for crop development to really move ahead. In southeastern counties, sorghum planting began and some corn was still being planted last week. Varying amounts of isolated precipitation were received. Hay harvest progressed slowly.
Meanwhile helpful weather is expected to continue in the growing regions of the plains and midwest. But USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says some areas could see more delays caused by cooler and wetter weather this week.