Despite Drought, Northeast Still May Be Crop Garden Spot

Last week's storm front brought much needed, but spotty, rainfall to Northeast farms and generally improved crop conditions.

Published on: Jul 25, 2012

Crop progress was substantially ahead of the five-year average. This week, dairy farmers on Eastern Shore were starting silage harvest on drought-damaged corn.

Late-week storms brought much needed rainfall to some areas. Soil moisture levels in both states were eased somewhat, although dry conditions still dominated.

New England
Hot dry conditions dominated the week, putting western Massachusetts in a moderate drought status. Scattered showers and thunderstorms  throughout  the  week averaged less than 1 inch of rainfall.

Hay field and pasture growth slowed due to inadequate moisture. Cornfields in drier areas also  showed signs of stress while others were tasseling and growing well.  Maine's  potato  crop  was  rated  in  excellent  to good  condition  by  week's  end. However, some potato plants began wilting from lack of moisture. Although late blight has been

New Jersey
Excessive heat continued throughout the week with temperatures in some areas reaching 102 degrees. Soil moisture conditions improved with rainfall arriving late in the week. But rainfall levels across the state were still well below normal.

Last week's rain fall was welcomed by producers. But grain growers were still concerned about field corn condition. Irrigation was necessary.

New York
A cold front brought a wide range of temperatures, showers and thunderstorms, but still left most of the state with dry conditions. Generally, most crops were still stressed with the worst conditions reported in the northern counties. The state's western plateau and Hudson Valley were the only areas to receive above normal rainfall.

The dry weather was hurting pastures. Many livestock producers have started feeding hay.