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Most NYS Farmers Able to Catch Up on Fieldwork
New York Ag Connection - 06/11/2019

New York averaged 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork.

Operators throughout much of the state were able to catch up on fieldwork with much drier weather conditions over the prior week. Only a few areas were still struggling.

Corn and soybeans began to take off and some hay was chopped. That said, on acres that were yet to be planted, many producers were reported as putting in prevented planting claims.

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: A few nice days has helped dry things out a little, planting around wet holes. The ground is warming up so corn and soybeans are starting to take off.

Cayuga County; Colleen Cargile, Cayuga County FSA: A stretch of nice weather finally allowed for a good number of acres to be planted. Reportedly, this was the first time in 9 months that there have been 3 days in a row without precipitation. Farmers were working around the clock during this time to try and get crops planted, as well as do a first cutting of hay. Although a lot of crops got planted the last few days, the inability for many to plant prior to this nice stretch of weather still leaves quite a few acres unplanted. Being that today; June 10th, is the final planting date for corn and soybeans, I anticipate that most grain farmers are going to call it quits and claim prevented plantings on the remainder of the acres that they did not get planted. The dairy farms will likely continue to plant up until July, as they need the silage to feed their cows, especially given the poor hay crop this year. This certainly has been a trying year. All we can hope for now is that we have a good growing season for the crops that did get planted.

Cortland/ Tompkins Counties; Jennifer Doty: Light frost early in the week, followed by the week ending with sun, heat, and 4 straight days of no rain. Must catch up on planting, chopping and first dry hay harvest before the next round of rain arrives.

Lewis County; Joe Lawrence: Widespread rainfall, resulting in more than 1 inch of rain across most of the county on Wednesday evening, provided another setback in feed accessibility.

Livingston County; Dean R Pendergast: Good week overall with much fieldwork completed.

Madison County; Jessica Pylman: Three good days for the first time this spring made for a very busy weekend for all farmers. A lot of fieldwork all hours of the day throughout the weekend! A lot of hay was done over the weekend. Northern Madison County is still fairly wet. Mid-County seems to be a little more productive.

Ontario County; Joann Rogers, County Executive Director FSA: Ontario County experienced cold and wet weather at the beginning and mid-week but the later part of the week had some warmer temperatures and a few dry days. Producers are behind on planting, trying to chop first cutting hay and spread manure.

Oswego County; Ellen deMey: Seasonable temperatures and dry weather enabled many acres to get planted. Some areas are still too wet to till, but many producers are catching up. Some hay has been chopped, but the ground is still too wet to make dry hay.

Schuyler/ Seneca Counties; Kathy Mastellar, CED, Seneca/Schuyler FSA: A week with scattered rain on only two days helped to get some field work done. Fields still have wet spots or cannot be worked at all, creating a lot of prevented planting. Hay/haylage is being harvested due to some nice sunny days.

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