Colorado Crop Progress & Condition Report, week ending May 22, 2022: The Prowers Journal
Wet conditions and cooler weekend temperatures gave some northern and eastern counties some respite, while western counties remained terribly dry last week, according to the field office of the mountain region from the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. According to the US Drought Monitor, 93 percent of the state is under drought
conditions, up 1 percentage point from last week. Sixty-four percent of the state is experiencing severe to exceptional drought conditions, up 7 percentage points from last week. Extreme drought conditions are affecting 23% of the state, up 17 percentage points from last week. Three percent of the state is facing exceptional drought conditions, up 2 percentage points from the previous week.
In northeastern and central eastern counties, reporters noted that continued winds and lack of moisture further depleted crop prospects. A late-season storm brought moisture to some areas at the end of the week, slowing fieldwork.
In southwestern counties, dry weather, windy conditions and freezing weekend temperatures continued to deteriorate crop conditions. A Hinsdale County reporter noted that a late snowstorm brought a few inches of moisture that quickly soaked into the ground, temporarily improving ground conditions.
In the San Luis Valley, weekend wetness brought a short-term respite to ground conditions, but halted field work. Potato planting has progressed well and is nearing completion. County reports noted that the alfalfa harvest was slowed by cooler weather.
Southeast counties received some moisture last week, but drought conditions continue to worsen across the region. Despite the humidity, most of Baca County progressed under exceptionally dry conditions. As of May 8, 2022, snow accumulation in Colorado was 60% measured as a percentage of median snowfall, up 5 percentage points from the previous week. The Southwest and San Luis Valley were 3% and 11%, respectively.
Stored food supplies were rated at 15% very insufficient, 24% insufficient and 61% adequate. Sheep mortality was 70% on average and 30% in light. Livestock mortality was 79% average and 21% light.