Crop Progress Report and Ag Prices Up
Several parts of northeastern Colorado were helped by good moisture to start the month according to the Crop Progress Report from the National Ag Statistics Service.
Some Spring planting was delayed because of the wet weather. Winter wheat was damaged from high winds and hail, but the impacts were isolated. The moisture was especially beneficial for winter wheat and rangeland conditions.
East central counties also received moisture and experienced severe weather last week. Still, a report from Kiowa county said winter wheat in the area damaged from drought is a loss.
Corn planting progressed but remained behind last year. Livestock producers continued supplemental feeding due to poor pasture grass.
In southwestern counties, light moisture was reported and some producers began irrigating. In the San Luis Valley, barley planting progressed and several producers were nearly complete.
In southeastern counties, little moisture was received. A county report noted limited irrigation water is expected to impact the acreage put into irrigated corn this year. More moisture and warmer temperatures are needed to facilitate the growth.
The USDA Agricultural Prices Report shows prices producers received for the month of March up 2.6% month over month. USDA’s Rod Bain:
Bain: “Foodgrains rose only slightly in March but prices received by producers of feed grains and oilseeds increased by over 2%. Vegetable and melon growers saw the prices they receive increase by almost 6.5% from the previous month.