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49 Percent of Pennsylvania Pastures Good to Excellent
Pennsylvania Ag Connection - 09/10/2019

According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Pennsylvania, there were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday. Topsoil moisture supplies were 14 percent short, 77 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 7 percent short, 85 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus.

Pasture conditions ranged from 5 percent poor, 47 percent fair, 42 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 Behney: Adams County had a cooler week of weather with morning temperatures high 50's low 60's and daytime temperatures mid 70's to 80's. Adams County is still dry and crops are showing signs of drought. Corn and soybeans continue to mature. Some corn is really drying down quickly and corn silage is being harvested and some soybeans are starting to have leaves turn that were planted earlier in planting season. Hay continues to be made throughout the county when weather permits. Some producers are seeding cover crops and preparing soil for fall seedings but lack of moisture is a concern also. Peaches continue to be harvested. Apples are being harvested with concerns about how they will keep in storage again this year. Yields are good in some areas and other areas will have yields affected by weather conditions. Vegetables are still plentiful around the county at farmers markets and on farm markets. Producers are readying harvest equipment for future fall crop harvest and also for fall seedings.

ADAMS/FRANKLIN County, Thomas Kerr: Good weather for fruit harvest. Seeding cover crop on land harvested as silage, and harvesting corn for grain that was planted early.

CENTRE County, Dick A. Decker: Good week for field work. 1 inch of rainfall.

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