In September’s American Ag, we reported that much of the Northeast badly needed at least a couple weeks of warm, sunny weather. And the last couple weeks of warm sunny weather have been a God-send to just about all farmers, not just those “reving” their silage chopper engines. That’s the bottom line of roadside conversations I’ve had with farmers while road-running for the magazine.
Farmers in Vermont and Massachusetts tell us that their crop progress for corn and vegetables are still running quite behind, but not looking quite so disastrous as three weeks ago. Dairy farmers in New York and Pennsylvania are starting to smile again – about corn silage quality, not milk prices!
Soybean aphids showed up in hot spots across New York and Pennsylvania. Earlier this summer, we warned of that possibility since the relatively new troublesome insect has been working it’s way into the East from the Mid West.
Late blight got an early start on tomatoes this summer. Fortunately, most growers were forewarned and took defense action. But unfortunately, the fungicide cost to ward off the disease ate into their pocketbooks, big time.
Corn and soybean producers in central Pennsylvania, New Jersey and south to Virginia are watching some of the best crops they’ve ever had come to fruition. Even double-cropped soybeans were shaping up.
Another good sunny week will raise the bottom-end of those late-planted crops. Night-time temperatures, though. are already starting the chill out the plant maturation process. But, no frost – yet!
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