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NYS Farmers Dealing with an Early Winter
New York Ag Connection - 11/13/2019

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in New York, there were 3 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 5 percent short, 36 percent adequate, and 58 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 2 percent short, 51 percent adequate, and 46 percent surplus.

Pasture conditions ranged from 15 percent very poor, 16 percent poor, 19 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: Heavier soils are very wet, so harvesting of soybeans has been very difficult. Temperatures lower than normal.

Cayuga County, Colleen Cargile: Winter weather has arrived in Cayuga County. A couple inches of snowfall is not what farmers were looking for so early in November. Most dairies have finished up chopping corn at this point, but I know a few still had some acres they were hoping to chop before the snow came. The snow certainly is not helping with the harvest of corn and soybeans. I have heard that some farmers have finished up harvesting the earlier varieties of soybeans, which I am sure they are glad they were able to do before the snowfall. Those that still have soybeans out in the fields are certainly worried because not only is the snow knocking the soybeans down, but it is going to make it even harder to get them to dry down. A few people in the county have started harvesting corn for grain, but most harvesting corn at this time are harvesting it for high moisture corn. The late planting season and then the early winter weather is making harvest very difficult and delayed this year. I fear that we are going to have an even more difficult harvest season than last year.

Cortland/Tompkins counties, Jennifer Doty: No major damage reported from prior week's flash flooding. Corn silage and grain still ongoing, others have finished.

Genesee/Niagara/Orleans counties, Nathan R Herendeen: Had 2 days where corn grain and soy harvest could continue. Soils still very wet, corn moisture is still high 20s to low 30's.

Livingston County, Dean R Pendergast: Rain and light snow led to a short week of harvest. Many producers have completed soybean harvest but there are still beans in the field. Producers are reporting moisture levels of 25% or over with recent corn harvest.

Ontario County, Joann Rogers: Ontario County received snow towards the end of the week. Corn silage and soybean harvest are nearing completion and the harvest continues for grain corn.

Oswego County, Ellen deMey: Recent snowfall has blanketed crops with unfavorable moisture. Ground that is already saturated has become all but impassable.

Suffolk County, Alice V Wise: With harvest over, Long Island vineyard crews are removing bird netting and preparing equipment for winter.

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