Colorado Crop Status and Progress Report for the Week Ending April 10, 2022: The Prowers Journal
Hot temperatures and extreme winds were recorded across most of the state last week, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.
According to the US Drought Monitor, 83% of the state is in drought conditions, unchanged from last week. Thirty-two percent of the state is experiencing severe to exceptional drought conditions, down two percentage points from last week.
Extreme drought conditions are affecting 4% of the state, down 3 percentage points from the previous week. In northeastern and central eastern counties, extremely windy conditions reduced soil moisture and prevented major fieldwork. A reporter noted that the extreme winds eroded the soil and likely damaged the winter wheat crop.
Southwestern counties received minimal moisture last week, but freezing temperatures may have affected the fruit-bloom harvest. Pastures are beginning to green and a reporter noted that producers are beginning to prepare fields for planting.
In the San Luis Valley, cool temperatures and windy conditions had little effect on barley plantings. A reporter noted that livestock are in good condition as pastures begin to green for the grazing season.
Southeast counties remained mostly dry and windy conditions persisted. Overall calving and lambing continued with few problems, with 73% cows calved and 65% ewes lambed, both behind the previous year and the 5-year average .
As of April 10, 2022, snow accumulation in Colorado was 88% measured as a percentage of median snowfall, down 3 percentage points from the previous week. Southwest and San Luis Valley were 85% and 89% respectively.
Stored food reserves were assessed as 11% severely insufficient, 35% insufficient, 52% adequate and 2% excess. Sheep mortality loss was 64% on average and 36% in light. Livestock mortality losses were 1% heavy, 73% medium and 26% light.