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New York Ag Connection - 08/29/2017

New York had an excellent week for field activities with an average of 5.5 days suitable for field work. Temperatures were reported with a high of 92F, a low of 32F and a state average temperature of 65F. Weekly precipitation ranged from 0.24 to 2.15 as opposed to the prior week's range of 0.08 to 2.71 inches.

Crops are looking good but would benefit from warmer weather.

In Long Island vineyards, ripening is progressing well due to an extended stretch of sunny weather.

Main activities for the week included haymaking, fall tillage, and planting cover crops.

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: Longest stretch of dry weather we have had a quite some time. Lots of hay down over the past couple of days. Many trying to get in one last cutting before they start harvesting corn silage.

Cayuga County; Colleen Cargile, Cayuga County FSA: Cayuga County has experienced some dry weather the last week. Lots of hay has been harvested and some fall tillage has gotten done in the last week.

Fulton/Montgomery/Hamilton Counties; Andrew Michael: Here in Tri County area of Eastern Central New York including Montgomery, Fulton and Hamilton Counties we finally had a week off fall like weather 70's in the day 50's in the night we are finally finishing up first cutting as a lot of 4th cutting is beginning on the hay. Row crops continue to improve but it is evident that most will not catch up and we continue to pray for a late frost.

Genesee/ Niagara/ Orleans Counties; Nathan R Herendeen: Planting new forage crop seedings is late, moving quickly now. Dry hay harvest. Excellent yields, but difficult to find enough dry days in a row. Straw baling - much has been in field too long and is discolored.

Livingston County; Dean R Pendergast: Crops look good but need some heat to finish.

Madison County; Jessica Pylman: It had been a busy weather week in Madison County. Aug. 22 Madison County saw severe thunderstorms pass through having two confirmed tornadoes. One in Georgetown and the other in Brookfield. There was also a third tornado on the Madison/Oneida County boarder along Mason Road. Despite the destruction tornados typically do, they caused damage to several tree stands and one or two structures however, there seems to be little to no crop damage reported or sited thus far.

Ontario County; Joann Rogers, County Executive Director FSA: Ontario County experienced more rain earlier in the week but forecast for several days of sunshine has resulted in a lot of hay acres to be cut. Unfortunately, the ground is so saturated ruts are being left and some is 1st cutting and producers have concerns over quality.

Schuyler/Seneca Counties; Kathy Mastellar, CED, Seneca/Schuyler FSA: Seneca County received a thunderstorm on 8/22 that produced at least a 1/2 inch of rain. Schuyler County reports that they are dry in the southern end of county.

Suffolk County; Alice V Wise: In Long Island vineyards, ripening is progressing well due to an extended stretch of sunny weather.

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