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45 Percent of NYS Pastures Good to Excellent
New York Ag Connection - 08/20/2019

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in New York, there were 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday. Topsoil moisture supplies were 3 percent very short, 10 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 24 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 8 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 18 percent surplus.

Pasture conditions ranged from 2 percent very poor, 11 percent poor, 32 percent fair, 38 percent good, and 17 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 dropping 2 inches of rain at a time in areas. Standing water in some fields.

Cayuga County; Colleen Cargile: A significant amount of rain fell in the county this week on already saturated soil. Some damage was reported this past weekend due to hail and heavy rains, but I think the damage was fairly isolated. We need a few hot, dry days to dry out the soil so that people can finish putting in their summer seedings, wrap up third cutting alfalfa and begin fall tillage.

Cortland/Tompkins counties; Jennifer Doty: Corn remains in various states, ranging from excellent to just starting to tassel and uneven heights. Small grain harvest has begun. Unplanted fields getting prepped for possible fall plantings.

Livingston County; Dean R Pendergast: Harvest of several veg crops continues. Sporadic rainfall has hindered hay harvest. Crops continue to progress well but will benefit greatly from continued heat units.

Ontario County; Joann Rogers: Ontario County received pop up showers and some heavy down pours at times. Conditions of the soybean and corn crops are improving with recent rains and heat. Hay and vegetable crop harvest continues.

Suffolk County; Alice V Wise: Veraison; the start of the ripening period, is progressing in Long Island vineyards. Because the ripening fruit is attractive to birds, protective netting is being applied to vineyards.

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