NASS Crop Progress
Drought is still a major concern across Colorado despite a good bit of snow in February.
Bill Meyer is Director of the Mountain Region Field Office of National Ag Statistics Service.
He says dry conditions are showing up in the month’s Crop Progress Report.
“ Our topsoil moisture was rated at 34% very short,39% short, and only 27% adequate. Our subsoil supplies were rated basically the same at 37% very short, 43% short, and 20 % adequate. Both well below where they were last year at this time. Our pasture and range condition and our winter wheat condition reflect this. Our pasture and range condition was rated 38% very poor, 29% poor, and 24% fair, and 9% good. The winter wheat is in the same boat with 15% rated very poor, 14% poor, 52% fair,17% good and 2% excellent. “
Southwestern counties remained in extreme to exceptional drought, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, but the snowpack was better compared to the prior month.