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Winter Damage to NYS Hay Crop Minimal
New York Ag Connection - 04/18/2017

New York averaged 3 days suitable for field work last week.

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, little changed with New York's crop weather from the prior week. Conditions were normal including Long Island with the exception of the southeastern part of the state. Classifications were D0 Abnormally Dry to D1 Moderate Drought. The average weekly temperatures ranged from one to thirteen degrees above normal. Weekly precipitation ranged from 0.00 to 0.83 inches.

Crop season was reported as progressing with hay crops breaking dormancy, winter damage minimal, and winter wheat growing well. Field work has been minimal in some areas but has kept producers busy overall with spreading manure, nitrogen application on wheat, tillage, and other field preparations. Warm rains contributed to wet field conditions as well as hay crops and lawns greening much earlier than last year.

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