Barley was 23% headed, far behind even the five-year average of 54%. Winter wheat, too, is behind schedule with 7% headed versus the five-year average of 15%.
Winter wheat quality has slipped a bit from a week ago – 71% good to excellent compared to 83%, respectively. Alfalfa quality held steady with 71% rated good to excellent. Pasture quality was 75% fair to good, compared to 87% a week ago; but 18% rated excellent this time.
A weather look-ahead
Much of the Northeast came into this week on the parched side. Mid-week brought needed showers, reports Paul Knight, Pennsylvania State Climatologist.
It should be quite mild on Friday and Saturday. Don't get used to it though. A strong cold front is likely to sweep through the region beginning Sunday, with gusty winds, followed by drier and very chilly conditions on Monday and Tuesday. Yes, frost is still possible from central Pennsylvania north.
A surge of very warm weather is expected during the later next week sending readings well into the 80's. But, again, don't get used to it, cautions Knight. The warmth is likely to be short-lived as more seasonal conditions return by the weekend along with scattered showers. And it may turn chilly for a couple days early the following week.