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New Yorkers Get Less than 5 Days for Fieldwork
New York Ag Connection - 08/13/2019

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in New York, there were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday. Topsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 9 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 26 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 1 percent very short, 7 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 15 percent surplus.

Pasture conditions ranged from 2 percent very poor, 9 percent poor, 30 percent fair, 38 percent good, and 21 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: Thunderstorms and gusty winds were sporadic through the county.

Cayuga County; Colleen Cargile,: Rainy weather was present for much of the week, and although the crops could have used a shower at the beginning of the week, multiple rainstorms and down pours totaled over 2 inches in many places in the county. This has left the ground very saturated and we certainly don't need any rain for quite some time now. The weather was also much cooler with all the rainy weather, so we could certainly use some sunshine and some heat to help dry the ground out and help the crops to continue growing. Overall, crops are looking fairly decent.

Genesee/Niagara/Orleans counties; Nathan R Herendeen: Wheat harvest is done, good yields & quality corn and soy making compensatory growth, pollinating. Hay crops benefitted from scattered rains, harvest continuing. Unplanted acreage in various states- weedy, some clean tilled, and some planted to cover crops.

Lewis County; Joe Lawrence: Hard to believe after the wet start to the season, but many areas of the county were beginning to show a need for rain. Rainfall this week was variable but much of the county received around one inch which will be very helpful.

Livingston County; Dean R Pendergast: Crops continue to look good overall. A heavy rain and strong winds hit part of the county Thursday late day. Uncertain of the extent of crop damage at this point as some corn was bent over just above the developing ear.

Ontario County; Joann Rogers: Ontario County received pop up showers this week; corn and soybeans are starting to improve; hay, wheat, oats and vegetable harvest continued progressing throughout the week.

Suffolk County; Alice V Wise: Vineyards on Long Island are entering veraison, the start of ripening. Vineyard crews are preparing blocks for protective bird netting.

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