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Fall Season Nearing Completion in Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 11/26/2019

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Pennsylvania, there were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday. Topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 90 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 95 percent adequate, and 4 percent surplus.

Pasture conditions ranged from 28 percent poor, 31 percent fair, 35 percent good, and 6 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 A. Behney: Adams County started the week off with sunny weather and temperatures during day were 50s and nighttime 40's. Wednesday was windy and again on Friday. Temperatures were warmer towards end of week but cooler during the weekend. We received rainfall Saturday afternoon into Sunday till around lunchtime. Accumulation not known but water laying in the fields. Corn and soybeans continue to be harvested but still fair amount for this time of yield still standing in the field. Mills have been scheduling loads due to shortage of storage in the county and even neighboring counties which is causing some of the delayed harvest. Harvesting will be halted a little for rainfall we received from Sat/Sun. Apple harvest has now been completed. Some producers reporting decent crops and others have losses. Some also have quality losses all depends on the weather and insects/diseases. Producers are readying their farming operations for the winter months with various jobs along with finishing harvesting. Some will take a break for hunting season and then start readying equipment for next year. Hope all have a Happy Thanksgiving and enjoy the food produced by our farmers. Fruit has all been harvested.

ADAMS/FRANKLIN counties, Thomas Kerr: Finishing up corn and bean harvest. Producers were generally satisfied with corn production with yields above average, but beans tended to be lower than normal due to dry weather in September. Apple yields were lower than normal, but the best in past three years. Quality was good.

CENTRE County, Dick A. Decker: Final field work for the year underway, corn stalk chopping, final combining and of course manure hauling underway.

COLUMBIA County, John O Yocum: Received 3-4" of snow Sunday.

JUNIATA/SNYDER counties, William C. Sheaffer: The fall harvest season is near completion. Late harvest of forage is taking place. Fall seeded crops are looking good.

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