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Pennsylvania Receives Scattered Rainfall
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 10/08/2019

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Pennsylvania, there were 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday. Topsoil moisture supplies were 5 percent very short, 40 percent short, 52 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 2 percent very short, 31 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.

Pasture conditions ranged from 2 percent very poor, 34 percent poor, 28 percent fair, 31 percent good, and 5 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.

ADAMS County, Judy Behney: Adams County continues to be dry this week but we did see some moisture Thursday and again on Saturday evening and Sunday. York Springs area had 0.5 inches of rainfall both times. Other areas got varying amounts but most went down into soil as we are dry. Temperatures were high for the time of year mid-week but then by end of week and weekend morning temperatures on Saturday was 42 degrees. Saturday and Sunday daytime temperatures were low 60's. Corn and soybeans continue to mature and being harvested. Producers are reporting the corn and soybeans are drying down pretty quick this year and producers are working on harvesting when they are ready as don't know how long our field conditions will be ok to harvest. Some hay continues to be made and also small grains are being seeded after the harvesting of other crops are done. A lot of crops planted end of August still have not emerged but with the moisture end of week and Saturday night/Sunday should help those crops. Apples continue to be harvested with most varieties being harvested before they are normally harvested. A decent crops however quality issues from earlier this year's weather conditions. Producers are busy with all phases of field work during this fall season.

ADAMS/FRANKLIN counties, Thomas Kerr: Showers in some areas will help the fall seeding storm germinate. Week spent harvesting all crops and baling corn fodder. Apple harvest nearly finished about 10 days early.

BRADFORD County, Casey Guindon: Corn silage harvest is picking up throughout the county. Final hay cuttings are being harvested. Winter wheat planting is wrapping up with much of the crop emerging.

CENTRE County, Dick A. Decker: Fall work continued during the week. 1 inch total rainfall.

COLUMBIA County, John O. Yocum: Some rain received this week. Helped grass in pastures but could use more. Slowed soybean harvest.

DAUPHIN/PERRY counties, Liz Bozak: Warm and dry conditions persisted for most of last week. Substantial rain, more than a tenth of an inch, arrived on Sunday. Pokeweed berries are maturing. Marestail has started to germinate. Harvest activities were in full swing for both corn and soybean. Barley and winter wheat planting continues.

JUNIATA/SNYDER counties, William C. Sheaffer: Harvesting of corn and soybeans is starting with the quality and yields being above average. Seeding of fall crops is also beginning. Activities for the week were harvesting, planting and chopping of corn silage.

LACKAWANNA County, Eric Johnson: Due to late spring plantings, corn maturity is slightly behind the average year. However, most farms will harvest corn silage this week with hopes to wrap up by the middle of October. Grain corn is drying down, but much of it still hovers in the 30-40% moisture range. Apple season will be winding down as cooler temperatures arrive this week throughout much of the region.

LANCASTER County, Jeff Graybill: Doughty weather continued last week, but with hopes of some significant rainfall on the horizon. Many farm are holding off planting fall grain and cover crops until we get some rainfall. Yields continue to be excellent, this may be a record year for Lancaster County for both corn and soybean.

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