Colorado Crop Progress & Condition Report, week ending May 8, 2022: The Prowers Journal
Windy conditions, minimal humidity and warm temperatures were seen across much 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, 91% of the state is in drought conditions, up 2 percentage points from last week. Forty-eight percent of the state is experiencing severe to exceptional drought conditions and extreme drought conditions are affecting 4 percent of the state, both unchanged from the previous week.
In northeastern and central eastern counties, the rainfall improved conditions for winter wheat, but in turn delayed maize planting. Counties got a respite from windy conditions earlier in the week, but strong winds were back over the weekend, reaching nearly 50 miles per hour in many areas.
In southwestern counties, high winds continued. The zone experienced a humidity event, but no measurable humidity was received. In the San Luis Valley, barley and potato plantings progressed rapidly due to favorable planting conditions. A reporter noted that grasses are slow to green due to lack of moisture. Lambing and calving continue to progress well and are almost complete.
Southeast counties received minimal moisture last week. Smoke from fires in Arizona and New Mexico is affecting air quality in the southern part of the state. As of May 8, 2022, snow accumulation in Colorado was 72% measured as a percentage of median snowfall, down 4 percentage points from the previous week. The Southwest and San Luis Valley were 25% and 14%, respectively.
Overall, calving and lambing continued with few problems and is coming to an end, with 96% of cows calved and 98% of ewes lambed.
Stocks of stored food were assessed at 17% very insufficient, 23% insufficient and 60% adequate. Sheep mortality loss was 89% on average and 11% in light. Livestock mortality losses were 1% heavy, 91% medium and 8% light.