Co Crop Progress
In southwestern counties, a reporter noted drought conditions worsened and the area got minimal precipitation . According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, severe drought was introduced across several southwestern counties and moderate drought conditions also expanded in northwestern counties
That has some growers feeling cautious.. According to Colorado Wheat Executive Director Brad Erker.
ERKER: We’re really needing some moisture right now. I know a lot of producers have put wheat in the ground that has not emerged yet. ...stay hopeful.”
Fall harvest made significant progress last week, amidst an early fall snowstorm, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service.
Several areas also observed their first hard freeze and record-low temperatures were set in many areas. Northeastern county reporters noted sugar beet harvest was fully underway and harvest of corn, sorghum, and sunflowers also picked up.
East central county reporters noted low temperatures between 10 and 15 degrees along with snowy and windy conditions. In the San Luis Valley, producers rushed to wrap up fall potato harvest before the big freeze, according to county reporters. Although potato harvest approached completion mid-week, reporters noted producers who did not finish in time likely had some potatoes frozen.