New Yorkers Get 3 Days for Farm Fieldwork
New York Ag Connection - 10/10/2018
New York averaged 3 days suitable for fieldwork. Temperatures spanned a larger range compared to the prior week and were warmer overall, ranging from 5 degrees below normal to 10 degrees above normal. The prior week's temperatures were 3 degrees below to 4 degrees above normal. Weekly precipitation held steady from the prior week, ranging from 0.6 to 4.79. Per the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor, drought conditions did not change much over the previous two weeks. The northeastern counties continued to experience D1 Moderate to D2 Severe drought conditions while other parts of the state reported relief from the abnormally dry conditions.
Producers looked forward to next week as field work came to a halt in many areas due to overly saturated ground and rain; making it hard for some producers to finish up hay cutting as well as crop harvests.
Pumpkins and squashes were reported as rotting and splitting in parts of the state.
Vineyards on Long Island progressed with dry, favorable temperatures.