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

Only the south central region is averaging above normal rainfall for the growing season. And that's mostly due to heavy thunderstorms that rolled through last week.

The storm front brought scattered relief to much of the state with average weekly rainfall ranging from 2 to more than 4 inches. Western Pennsylvania's drought status may have been mitigated somewhat. But aside of the southwest region which received substantial precipitation, precipitation accumulations were still on the light side.

As of Friday, state-wide corn conditions were: 4% very poor, 10% poor, 33% fair, 40% good, and 13% excellent. Soybean conditions were: 0% very poor, 5% poor, 37% fair, 46% good, and 12% excellent. Quality of hay made was: 0% very poor, 7% poor, 29% fair, 47% good and 17% excellent. Pasture conditions were: 12% very poor, 51% poor, 27% fair, 9% good and 1% excellent.