This is the first week since the partial government shutdown that the USDA has issued its regular update on the fall harvest.
A wet spring put some farmers in the behind schedule and even forced some to replant their crops. Data on how the harvest is progressing in each of the Tri-States is harder to come by than usual.
Despite a partial shutdown of the federal government, the U.S. Drought Monitor Map is still online, and being updated.
The partial shutdown of the Federal Government is hitting at the same time that the current farm bill expires. What does that expiration mean for farm programs, including conservation?
The USDA wants farmers to use a new conservation practice to help control the water levels in their fields.