Colorado Crop Progress & Condition Report, week ending April 24, 2022: The Prowers Journal
Windy conditions and minimal humidity continued 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, 87% of the state is in drought conditions, up 4 percentage points from last week. Thirty-three percent of the state is experiencing severe to exceptional drought conditions, up 1 percentage point from the previous week. Extreme drought conditions affect 4% of the state, unchanged from the previous week.
In northeastern and central eastern counties, high winds continued to worsen winter wheat and rangeland conditions, as well as delay plantings of other crops. A reporter noted that no moisture is visible in the top few centimeters of many fields.
Southwestern counties received rain Friday and Saturday, along with high winds. A reporter noted that freezing evening temperatures continue and damage to the fruit crop is unknown. High winds and low humidity continue to dry out the soil despite last week’s wet spells.
In the San Luis Valley, potato planting has started, but windy conditions have hampered progress. A reporter noted that the cattle are in good condition as the pastures are starting to turn green again.
Southeast counties remained mostly dry and windy conditions persisted, further impoverishing crop and range conditions.
Overall calving and lambing continued with few problems, with 88% of cows calved and ewes lambed, both behind the previous year, but equal to the 5-year average .
As of April 24, 2022, snow accumulation in Colorado was 82% measured as a percentage of median snowfall, down 9 percentage points from the previous week. Southwest and San Luis Valley were 64% and 59%, respectively.
Stored food supplies were assessed at 6% severely insufficient, 30% insufficient, 63% adequate and 1% excess. Sheep mortality loss was 81% on average and 19% in light. Livestock mortality losses were 1 percent heavy, 83 percent average and 16 percent light.