Besides optimized storage management, sprout inhibition of potatoes is an indispensable component for maintaining the quality of stored potatoes. In connection with the frequently used hot fogging of sprout inhibitors, however, fires have repeatedly occurred in the past in the warehouses in question.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig Monday commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. The report is released weekly from April through November. “Tuesday marks the official first day of fall and harvest is underway for many farmers across the state,” said Secretary Naig.
The Crown of Maine has been reduced to moderate drought status while other parts of Aroostook County and the state go into their ninth week of severe drought. While the Maine Drought Task Force is monitoring the worsening situation throughout most of Maine, recent rains allowed the Crown of Maine — mainly the St. John Valley and part of Washington County — to drop from a severe to a moderate drought status.
Continued dry weather allowed Iowa farmers 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending August 30, 2020, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service. Drought conditions and rapidly drying crops are now a concern for most of the State. Field activities included harvesting hay, chopping corn silage and harvesting seed corn.
Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig Monday commented on the Iowa Crop Progress and Condition report released by the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service. The report is released weekly from April through November. “While spotty thunderstorms brought much needed rainfall to parts of the western Iowa drought region, other areas were not as fortunate and drought conditions persist,” said Secretary Naig.
The National Weather Service in Riverton says that “dry conditions continue to increase in intensity across much of Wyoming.” “A very dry Spring and early Summer has expanded drought conditions across much of Wyoming in July,” the NWS in Riverton said on Thursday, July 30. “This will also increase the Fire Danger across the region.”
According to the June 14 USDA Crop Report, majority of crops across the state experience a drop in condition levels, while maintaining growth ahead of last year's data. The USDA reports corn planted across the state to be 98% emerged, a 3% percent increase from last weeks data, and 11% farther along from 2019 emergent numbers.
The hard frost that struck southern Ontario in early May caused some damage, but area farmers believe vulnerable crops should be OK provided there are no further complications. Fred and Sharon Judd of Meadow Lynn Farms have it tougher than most strawberry growers because of the variable topography of their acreage on the south side of Simcoe.
Warm and dry weather interspersed with isolated moisture advanced spring crop development ahead of average gains for this time of year, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. In northeastern counties, continued hot and windy conditions depleted soil moisture supplies and crop stress from lack of moisture was noticeable.
The new harvest of Italian onions is due in the coming weeks. Due to weather problems and the coronavirus it promises to be an interesting season. "Workers, mainly from Poland and Romania, do not want to go to Italy. Less so even than to Germany. They are very scared because of the virus," said a German trader.
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