DOVER, Del. — According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Maryland, there were 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Sunday, October 27, 2019. In Delaware, there were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork. Maryland’s topsoil moisture supplies were 3 percent very short, 18 percent short, 76 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 19 percent short, 79 percent adequate, and 2 percent surplus.
Delaware’s topsoil moisture supplies were 0 percent very short, 26 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus. Subsoil moisture supplies were 86 percent very short, 11 percent short, 3 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus. Pasture conditions for Maryland ranged from 2 percent very poor, 17 percent poor, 52 percent fair, 25 percent good, and 4 percent excellent. Pasture conditions for Delaware ranged from 5 percent very poor, 46 percent poor, 42 percent fair, 4 percent good, and 3 percent excellent.
REPORTERS COMMENTS, By County
Howard & Montgomery Counties, MD – Charles Schuster
Needed rain fell again during the reporting period. This is very helpful for cover crop and commodity grain germination. Warmer than normal temperatures continue to prevail in the region. Water tables are still below normal. Apple harvest is winding down with some still available in the fields. Corn harvest is nearly complete and soybean harvest is nearing completion.
Sussex County, DE – Harry T Hudson III
Finally got rain – too late for the soybeans though. Now small grain is being planted – and maybe the cover crop can germinate.
Sussex County, DE – John Timmons
Typical winter wheat plantings that farmers plant will be down. This is more due to weather.