Bill Meyer, Director of USDA National Ag Statistics Service for the Mountain Region gives us a few numbers from the latest crop progress report.
He says as the season winds down, we could still use a lot more precipitation.
MEYER: “The drought in Colorado continues. Some places did receive a lot of snow a few weeks ago which was helpful, but our soil moisture supplies are still rated very, very low. Out topsoil is rated 42% very short, 39% short, and 19% adequate. The subsoil moisture levels are basically the same. That is well behind where we were at this time last year and our five-year average. Our pasture and rangeland conditions reflect this. 38% is rated very poor, 29% poor, 26% fair and 7% good. Again, very far behind where we were last year at this time in our average.”
Meyer says winter wheat is also not faring as well as last year at this time. The report indicates the crop is rated 11% very poor, 20% poor, 45% fair, 23% good and 1% excellent.
Corn for grain is more than 70% harvested. Well ahead of the 42% five-year average. Sorghum rated at 65% harvested. The 5-year average for sorghum is 46%. Dry beans 92% harvested, onions 99%, millet 99%, Sunflowers 79%, and sugarbeets were 85% dug.