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CALARSS Information Sheet

Table of Contents

1. The Basics
2. Crop Report Terms
3. Contact Information

The Basics

Reliable information is needed at local, state, regional and national levels to monitor crop and livestock conditions. The need for this information is especially useful because of the many challenges, private and governmental, facing farmers. In times of disaster, heat, cold, flood or drought, this data can be used to help secure disaster assistance for farmers from a fickle and bureaucratically demanding government. The US government Weekly Crop Weather Report typically begins the first week of April and ends the last week of November.

CALARSS is available year-round, on most modern devices with a web browser, including desktops, laptops, smartphones and tablets. The surveys on CALARSS are tailored to your area and the time of year. New surveys will be released every Friday morning. Reports are updated constantly as people finish their surveys for a given week, and thus may change as the week goes on. As such, every Friday the previous week's results will be finalized. You can view any week by choosing a specific section in the Reports tab. You can also view data from previous years, just the current year, or our data from all of time.

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Crop Report Terms

Days Suitable for Fieldwork: Reporters should consider the activities appropriate for the time of year and which are currently ongoing. During the planting season a day may be rated "not suitable" if soils are either too wet or too dry, or bad weather kept equipment out of fields whatever the soil condition.

Soil Moisture: The following guidelines are helpful in determining topsoil moisture and subsoil moisture (top-soil defined as the top 6 inches).

Crop Progress: Percents are one of the best way to indicate the progress of field activities or crop development. Crop planting and harvest progress covers intended (total) acres not the current acres. For example, if half of the planned total current year soybean acreage is planted, a value of 50 percent is entered. If weather conditions impact/change plans, a 100 percent is used when planting for that crop stops. Usually, a field is considered to be in a particular stage when 50 percent or more of the plants have reached or exceeded that stage.

Crop Condition: The following definitions should be used when evaluating crop condition:

Corn Phenological Stages:

Soybean Phenological Stages:

Wheat Phenological Stages:

Hay and Other Roughage Supplies:

Contact Information

Contact us by phone at 717-731-8804 or by email at apeterlin@wxanalyst.com.

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