The Vermont Forage Report - 2005
Crop and Weather Update for Vermont
(Excerpt From the New England Agriculture Statistics Service)

Week ending date 10/09/05

Issue 
NH-CW3704
Volume 25, Number 24
(issued weekly on the Internet, May - October)
October 11, 2005 - 4 pm

-- Agricultural Summary--

Everything Afloat

GENERAL CONDITIONS:  For the week ending October 9, 2005, there were 4.9 days suitable for field work.  
Topsoil moisture was rated 2% short, 55% adequate, 43% surplus. Subsoil moisture was rated 3% short, 
66% adequate, 31% surplus.  Pasture condition was rated 5% very poor, 14% poor, 42% fair, 31% good and 
8% excellent.  Warm, sunny weather dominated the beginning of the week, providing excellent harvest 
conditions.  Rain arrived Friday afternoon and continued into the early evening bringing all activities 
to a halt.  Heavy rains continued through the holiday weekend and brought eight to ten inches of rain 
to some locations, causing flooding and mudslides along rivers and streams.  Hundreds of acres of corn, 
hay and potatoes along the Connecticut River were flooded and crops were lost.  Heavy winds also caused 
damage.  Major farm activities included applying cover crops, baling hay, chopping corn silage, 
chopping grass, cleaning and putting away equipment, harvesting an array of fruits and vegetables, and 
spreading manure.

VERMONT - John St. Onge/Kim Peterson (FSA), Lamoille: Warm summer like weather came to an end with 
several days of rain. Corn silage harvest is almost over. High moisture corn harvest has not yet 
started. Manure being spread on cut cornfields and grass fields. Dave Blodgett (NRCS), Orleans: Another 
warm and dry week helped some farmers finish their corn harvest. This has been a really good season 
for corn. Temperatures were in the 80's. Is this August or October? A few farmers are taking advantage 
of the long, warm season by harvesting some forth cut hay. Perley Sparrow (FSA), Windham: Corn 
harvesting is pretty much completed. Now finishing 3rd cut. Dennis Kauppila (Ext), Caledonia: Another 
warm week, some record highs, fog some mornings did not lift until noon. Old timers say they have never 
seen green grass like this in October. Most of corn in, virtually all hay, good crop year. Five inches 
of rain on Saturday, steady heavy rain, little washout damage, don't know about flooding. 
Heather Darby (Ext), Franklin: Rain last week kept field work to a minimum. However, in some areas 
farmers were still able to harvest corn and forage. Manure spreading continues as well as fall plowing. 
Cover crops are up on some fields. Combining of corn and soybeans has started. Sherwin Williams, 
Rutland: All harvested fields seeded to winter rye. Potatoes all dug. Still cutting cabbage and 
broccoli, nice green cover crop of rye on early seeded fields. 0.392 inches of rain for the week. The 
fall market garden season in full swing from pumpkins to bitter sweet. Big crop of pumpkins and squash. 
Markets full for the season. Still lack of color in Rutland County.
 
 

-- Weather Information Table

For the Period:     Monday   October  3, 2005 
            To:     Sunday   October  9, 2005 
 

                     AIR           CUM SINCE MAR 1   
                  TEMPERATURE    GROWING DEGREE DAYS  
                  -----------     BASE-50F  BASE-60F  
STATION          LO  HI AVG DFN   TOT  DFN  TOT  DFN  
-------          --  --  --  --   --- ----  --- ----  
Ball_Mt_Lake     41  76  59 +10  2122 +319  866 +315  
Bethel           42  80  62 +13  2278 +566  990 +486  
Burlington_Intl  43  79  63 +12  2785 +589 1381 +540  
East_Haven       42  79  60 +15  2032 +641  807 +470  
Island_Pond      43  77  61 +14  1982 +596  785 +460  
Montpelier       44  79  61 +13  2358 +638 1043 +531  
Morrisville_AG   39  80  60 +12  2013 +300  804 +288  
Mount_Mansfield  39  69  57 +16  1237 +521  272 +206  
Northfield       42  82  60 +13  2168 +609  900 +478  
Pownal           45  78  63 +13  2370 +561 1007 +455  
Rochester        41  81  62 +13  2285 +573  988 +484  
Rutland_AG       43  82  61  +9  2466 +162 1133 +233  
Sunderland       38  78  60  +9  2345 +143 1021 +200  
Sutton           41  77  60 +14  1960 +569  763 +426  
Townshend_Lake   43  77  62 +10  2444 +263 1100 +277  
Union_Vill_Dam   43  81  62 +11  2234  +41  963 +134
 

                    1-WEEK PRECIP     4-WEEK CUM PRECIP
                    -------------     -----------------
                  TOTAL               TOTAL            
STATION          INCHES    DFN DAYS  INCHES    DFN DAYS
-------           -----   ----  ---   -----   ----  ---
Ball_Mt_Lake       5.76  +4.94    3    7.79  +4.38   10
Bethel             3.35  +2.51    2    6.44  +3.04   10
Burlington_Intl    1.61  +0.98    2    4.05  +1.23   10
East_Haven         3.34  +2.62    2    5.71  +2.75   13
Island_Pond        2.10  +1.40    2    4.36  +1.47   13
Montpelier         3.22  +2.59    2    5.25  +2.71   15
Morrisville_AG     1.87  +1.17    2    4.13  +1.10   13
Mount_Mansfield    1.98  +0.78    2    7.82  +2.55   14
Northfield         3.27  +2.57    2    5.19  +2.32   10
Pownal             5.69  +4.87    2    9.18  +5.77   10
Rochester          2.82  +1.98    2    6.29  +2.89   10
Rutland_AG         4.06  +3.37    2    7.05  +4.01   10
Sunderland         5.89  +5.21    2    8.37  +5.38   11
Sutton             2.91  +2.19    3    5.79  +2.83   15
Townshend_Lake     5.56  +4.86    2    7.73  +4.83   10
Union_Vill_Dam     4.36  +3.65    3    6.72  +3.70    9
 

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