DOVER, Del. — Good/Excellent Week for Field Work: According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Maryland, there were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 20, 2019. In Delaware, there were 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork. Maryland’s topsoil moisture supplies were 51 percent very short, 27 percent short, 21 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 45 percent very short, 35 percent short, 19 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.
Delaware’s topsoil moisture supplies were 44 percent very short, 50 percent short, 6 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 85 percent very short, 15 percent short, 0 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus. Pasture conditions for Maryland ranged from 3 percent very poor, 26 percent poor, 48 percent fair, 20 percent good, and 3 percent excellent. Pasture conditions for Delaware ranged from 3 percent very poor, 50 percent poor, 33 percent fair, 13 percent good, and 1 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.
Frederick County, MD – Matt Morris
Another nice day of rain occurred during the reporting period. While harvest was delayed for about two days, much was
accomplished before and after the rain. Water tables are returning to normal and small grains will be helped by the moisture.
Howard & Montgomery Counties, MD – Charles Schuster
Rain occurred during the reporting period. This has helped with wheat germination. Soybean harvest was helped by frost as it will help finish the late planted beans. Corn harvest is nearly done. Apple harvest continues to move forward and is strong with high quality.
Sussex County, DE – John Timmons
Surface moisture improved for planting of grains. Soybean harvest progressing well. Non-irrigated soybeans smaller in size than normal. Will take more seeds to make a bushel.