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Heat, Humidity Push NYS Crop Progress Ahead
New York Ag Connection - 07/09/2019

New York averaged 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork.

Temperatures ranged from 3.30 degrees below to 5.56 degrees above normal and weekly precipitation ranged from 0 to 1.94 inches throughout the state. Warmer and drier weather conditions were experienced throughout much of the state.

The high temperatures and humidity has helped corn and soybeans start growing. Planting has stopped, except for some dairy farmers who are planting a harvestable cover crop of corn silage.

In Long Island vineyards, hedging, trimming of excess shoot growth, cluster zone leafing, and the selective removal of leaves around clusters are taking place, which improves light penetration and airflow, reducing fungal disease pressure.

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: Warm, humid weather has really helped corn and soybeans start growing.

Cayuga County; Colleen Cargile, FSA: Hot, dry weather has finally arrived. We definitely could have used this weather earlier, but we will take what we can get. With the high temperatures and humidity, the crops are finally starting to grow. They certainly have a lot of catching up to do, so hopefully this weather pattern continues. At this point, I think that everyone is pretty much done planting, except for some of the dairies that are looking to plant a harvestable cover crop of corn silage or another forage on prevented planted acres. Many dairy farms were concerned about having enough feed for their cows this year, so when RMA decided to allow cover crops to be planted and harvested on prevented acres, I think many of the dairy farms saw this as a good opportunity.

Cortland/ ompkins counties; Jennifer Doty: A few nice days, some late planted corn still going in, more dry hay has finally been accomplished.

Livingston County; Dean R Pendergast: Crops are advancing well. Hay crop has been light thus far.

Ontario County; Joann Rogers, FSA: Ontario County continues to receive off and on rain showers, making it difficult to harvest dry hay and to finish planting cabbage and snap-beans. Wheat is starting to turn, with harvest forecasted in the near future.

Oswego County; Ellen deMey: Warm weather helped the moisture drenched corn grow. Dry hay is being made, although a little past prime quality. Many acres still not planted and dairy farmers are still trying to get the crops in.

Rensselaer/Saratoga/Warren/Washington counties; David Holck, FSA: We had several days of hot & humid weather, which made the corn jump. Some producers are still planting corn. Second cutting is underway, while first cutting is not done on wet fields. Corn is extremely variable, depending on soil type, plant date, & whether it was "mudded in". Height ranges from between knee high to just coming out of the ground. On Saturday most of our area got heavy rain in the form of a line of thunderstorms that passed through.

Schuyler/Seneca counties; Kathy Mastellar, CED, Seneca/Schuyler FSA: Normal planting has stopped. Cover crops for forage are being planted, if possible.

Suffolk County; Alice V Wise: Hedging, trimming of excess shoot growth, cluster zone leafing, and the selective removal of leaves around clusters are taking place in Long Island vineyards. Both practices improve light penetration and airflow, reducing fungal disease pressure.

Yates County; Amy Parmelee, FSA: The only corn that is planted at this late date is for silage.

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