Once again, the Northeast is a land of contrasts. In recent weeks, New York State, northern Pennsylvania and New England were suffering from too much moisture, while central Pennsylvania, Maryland and Delaware were remained parched.
Then came the hot weather. Crop condition reports by the National Ag Statistics Serve are due out late today. Due to the sizzling heat over the fourth of July weekend, crop and pasture conditions are expected to worsen in Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
On the DelMarva and in central Pennsylvania, corn and soybean crops were suffering severe drought stress before the weekend. With no rain in the forecast, crop insurance is likely to be a highly-used risk management mitigator this summer.
That's especially bad news for financially stressed dairies in the area. They may already be looking at planting forage crops for late-fall harvest.