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Heavy Rain and Winds Hit New York
New York Ag Connection - 11/05/2019

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in New York, there were 3.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 5 percent short, 41 percent adequate, and 54 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 2 percent short, 60 percent adequate, and 37 percent surplus.

Pasture conditions ranged from 6 percent very poor, 20 percent poor, 24 percent fair, 32 percent good, and 18 percent excellent.

Reporters are from Extension Service (Ext), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), Conservation District (CD), farmers, commodity specialists, or other knowledgeable individuals.

Broome County, Maria Heath: Ground is saturated. two and 1/2 inches fell in a 24 hour period. In some areas rivers are over their banks.

Cayuga County, Colleen Cargile: The county experienced heavy rains and high winds on Thursday. I have not heard any reports of damage yet; I think we were luckier than a lot of other counties that experienced severe damage from flooding. Although, the two inches of rain that we got did put a halt on harvesting for a few days. At this point, nearly everyone has finished up with chopping corn, and apple season is coming to a close as well. I would estimate that close to 50% of the soybeans in the county have been harvested and people are starting to harvest high moisture shelled corn. Hopefully the weather cooperates so that farmers can get the rest of their crops harvested.

Cortland/ Tompkins counties, Jennifer Doty: Flash flooding on Halloween, awaiting damage reports but 2-3.5" rainfall.

Lewis County, Joe Lawrence: Significant, late rainfall added to already saturated soil conditions and caused excessive flooding of the Black River. A few dairy farms within the margins of the Black River flood plains moved cows out of their facilities and may have feed supplies affected by the flood waters.

Madison County, Jessica Pylman: Madison County saw anywhere form 2-3 inches of rain throughout the county on 10/31/2019. Some wheat fields look a little too wet with yellowing while others on dryer ground looked good until this rain on 10/31. We'll have to wait and see how these fields fair the rains.

Ontario County, Joann Rogers: Ontario County continues with the soybean harvest and corn for grain harvest is under way. High wind storm and showers slowed harvest on those days.

Oswego County, Ellen deMey: Heavy rain and cold temperatures only delayed harvest more than it has been. Fields have standing water and many crops are still in fields.

Suffolk County, Alice V Wise: Vineyards on Long Island have finished harvest. Crews are removing and stowing bird netting as well as cleaning harvest tools and lugs.

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