Vermont Crop Conditions from New England Agricultural Statistics Service



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Weather Summary For New England Agricultural Statistics
Service Prepared By AWIS, Inc.

For the Period:     Monday     July 28, 2003
            To:     Sunday    August 3, 2003

                      AIR           CUM SINCE MAR 1
                  TEMPERATURE    GROWING DEGREE DAYS
                  -----------     BASE-50F  BASE-60F
STATION          LO  HI AVG DFN   TOT  DFN  TOT  DFN
-------          --  --  --  --   --- ----  --- ----
VERMONT
Ball_Mt_Lake     49  84  66  -2  1122   +1  406  +50
Bethel           47  86  67  +0  1269 +206  485 +158
Burlington_Intl  53  85  69  -2  1526 +130  650  +87
East_Haven       48  85  64  -1  1045 +149  334 +102
Island_Pond      50  83  63  -2  1024 +144  331 +114
Montpelier       50  83  65  -2  1104   +9  377  +31
Morrisville_AG   48  90  67  +0  1214 +131  464 +118
Mount_Mansfield  44  72  59  +1   558  +94  111  +64
Northfield       47  85  65  -1  1135 +145  397 +112
Pownal           51  82  66  -2  1162  +35  381  +20
Rochester        50  85  66  -2  1119  +56  387  +60
Rutland_AG       50  84  67  -5  1234 -208  461 -122
Sunderland       49  83  66  -5  1098 -290  345 -195
Sutton           49  82  63  -2  1030 +134  332 +100
Townshend_Lake   53  85  68  -3  1245 -109  475  -58
Union_Vill_Dam   48  87  67  -4  1225 -142  481  -57
 
 

                  1-WEEK PRECIP     4-WEEK CUM PRECIP
                  -------------     -----------------
                TOTAL               TOTAL
STATION        INCHES    DFN DAYS  INCHES    DFN DAYS
-------         -----   ----  ---   -----   ----  ---
Ball_Mt_Lake    3.59  +2.68    3    6.93  +3.29   14
Bethel          1.03  +0.06    4    6.43  +2.87   15
Burlington_Intl 0.76  -0.12    3    3.63  +0.29   15
East_Haven      0.91  -0.13    3    4.21  +0.32   16
Island_Pond     0.90  -0.16    4    4.44  +0.52   18
Montpelier      0.65  -0.14    4    5.01  +2.13   15
Morrisville_AG  0.56  -0.48    4    4.67  +0.82   18
Mount_Mansfield 1.35  -0.22    5    6.69  +0.75   19
Northfield      1.03  +0.19    4    4.55  +1.36   14
Pownal          3.31  +2.40    3    6.95  +3.31   14
Rochester       0.96  -0.01    3    6.69  +3.13   15
Rutland_AG      1.54  +0.63    3    6.23  +2.69   12
Sunderland      1.66  +0.89    4    5.58  +2.80   17
Sutton          1.06  +0.02    3    4.60  +0.71   14
Townshend_Lake  1.82  +0.98    4    5.49  +2.36   15
Union_Vill_Dam  1.83  +1.06    3    5.99  +2.98   15
 

VERMONT - John St. Onge/Kim Peterson (FSA), Lamoille: We
are just in awe at the progress of the corn crop to date.
With continued hot weather the crop could be the best in
recent memory. Not much for haying activity last week with
the unsettled humid weather. Grass growth has been
increasing lately. Dave Blodgett (NRCS), Orleans: Rain
this week has put an end to any dry areas we had. Some
fields are very wet and farmers need to be careful not to
track them while cropping. Corn looks good in most places
now. Some corn is 8 feet tall. Lynette Hamilton/Perley
Sparrow (FSA), Windham: Field corn is about as good as it
can get weather-wise. Very good ear development and with
the hot weather and rain the grain to stalk ratio will be
high. Third cut alfalfa has gotten a fast start. Sweet
corn growers are reporting an excellent crop with a good
market. Jeff Carter (Ext), Addison: Corn looks better,
starting to tassel some. Violent wind storm cut path
through Addison County up New Haven River, corn flattened
but later stood back up. Trees uprooted and broken off.
Hay crop good, some potato leafhopper damage, new seedings
starting to fill in. Some late planted corn less than one
foot high. Eric Winchester (FSA) Orange/Windsor: This week
was a mixture of rain and sun. Week ended with very high
humidity. Field corn is reported to be excellent
everywhere. It is ten feet high in many locations and
tasseled out. Sweet corn is now being harvested and sold.
One farm reported cutting some of its sweet corn into
silage because of a glut of this crop. Many farmers are
finishing up second cutting of grass and will soon be on a
third. It is good and heavy at most locations. Dennis
Kauppila (Ext), Caledonia: Summer really allowing crops to
grow well. One farmer told me that this is the year they
will be catching up on forage inventory following army
worm and drought in 2001. Some early birds have started on
a third cut. Most are finishing up a second cut of hay.
Corn looking good. Nice combination of sun, heat, and
rain. Heather Darby (Ext), Franklin: Hot and humid weather
last week. Second cut hay was mowed however, a number of
these fields were rained on. Many corn fields are
tasseling. Northern and western corn root worm adults have
emerged. Starting to see some corn lodging from root worm
larvae damage. Sherwin Williams, Rutland: Picking good
crop of early sweet corn. Mid-season and late varieties of
sweet corn doing extremely well after our rain and warm
weather. Digging early potatoes. Cole crops also responded
to good weather, lots of cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower
in the market. Vine crops covering the ground. 0.734
inches rain. Over all, Mother Nature is doing a great job.
 

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