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58 Percent of NYS Pastures Good to Excellent
New York Ag Connection - 09/10/2019

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in New York, there were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday. Topsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 11 percent short, 62 percent adequate, and 25 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 7 percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 25 percent surplus.

Pasture conditions ranged from 2 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 29 percent fair, 43 percent good, and 15 percent excellent.

Reporters are from Extension Service (Ext), Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA),vConservation District (CD), farmers, commodity specialists, or other knowledgeable individuals.

Cortland/Tompkins counties; Jennifer Doty: Shorter days and cooler temperatures, leaves are turning, last of dry hay and haylage is being finished. Small grain harvest wrapping up. Corn still needs more days.

Genesee/Niagara/ Orleans counties; Nathan R Herendeen: We still need hot days and warm nights to finish corn and soybeans. Crops look better due to plenty of rainfall. White mold obvious in soybeans. Land is being prepared for wheat planting.

Lewis County; Joe Lawrence: Rainfall varied but around 1 inch was received in most areas. With the dry conditions it was quickly soaked in and did not limit field work in the following days. Corn continues to progress, it really needs some more heat to have a chance or properly finishing.

Livingston County; Dean R Pendergast: Crops look good overall but are in need of additional heat units. Some limited chopping of corn has begun. Field conditions for winter wheat planting are favorable.

Ontario County; Joann Rogers: Harvest of hay, fruit and vegetable continues, along with fall tillage in Ontario County.

Suffolk County; Alice V Wise: Harvest of fruit for sparkling wine began this week in Long Island vineyards. Early varieties such as Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris may start next week. Growers are pleased with fruit quality as the season has been warm and dry.

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