Weekly Crop Progress Report-June 14th

OHIO CROP WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS WEEK ENDING SUNDAY JUNE 13, 2010

The average temperature for the State was 69.1 degrees, 0.9 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, June 13, 2010. Precipitation averaged 1.73 inches, 0.81 inches above normal. There were 136 modified growing degree days, 7 days above normal. Reporters rated 1.9 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, June 11, 2010. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 42 percent adequate, and 58 percent surplus.

FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS
Wet weather continues to persist and farmers managed little field work in-between scattered showers and thunderstorms that moved through most of the state. Severe storm cells spawned dozens of tornados including an F4 tornado in northeast Ohio. Damage was extensive in those areas. Soybeans are still being planted, and some early planted acreage will require replanting due to excessive moisture. Most fields that were intended to be planted with corn will instead be replaced by soybeans. Emerged corn received nitrogen, and some will require spraying with high-clearance equipment as corn growth has progressed while wet fields prevented access. There are now numerous reports of head scab in wheat. Slugs and weeds are beginning to encroach on some corn and soybean fields. Hay harvest was slowed by wet conditions, and fields yet to be cut are deteriorating in quality. Producers are wrapping hay for silage.
As of Sunday June 13, 97 percent of corn was emerged. Soybeans planted reached 86 percent, compared to 96 percent last year and 98 percent for the five-year average. Seventy-seven percent of soybeans had emerged, compared to 80 percent last year and 88 percent for the five-year average. Winter wheat turning coloring reached 62 percent, compared to 23 percent last year and 28 percent for the five-year average. Sixty-one percent of oats were headed, compared to 42 percent last year and 45 percent for the five-year average. One percent of oats were ripe. Seventy-five percent of the first cutting of alfalfa hay was complete, three percent behind last year and four percent behind the five-year average. Two percent of the second cutting of alfalfa hay was complete. Fifty-eight percent of the first cutting of other hay was complete, four percent behind last year and six percent behind the five-year average. Seventy seven percent of cucumbers were planted, two percent behind last year but eight percent ahead of the five-year average. Seventy-one percent of strawberries were harvested, compared to 64 percent last year and 52 percent for the five-year average. Seventy percent of processing tomatoes were planted, compared to 86 percent last year and 89 percent for the five-year average.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK CONDITION

Eighty-two percent of livestock were in fair-to-good condition, up two percent from last week. Winter wheat was rated 74 percent in fair-to-good condition, up two percent from last week. Apples were rated 79 percent in fair-to-good condition, up one percent from last week. Eighty percent of peaches were in fair-to-good condition, up five percent from last week. Hay was rated 80 percent in fair-to-good condition, down two percent from last week. Eighty-eight percent of the oats were rated in fair-to-good condition, down one percent from last week. Pasture and range were rated 77 percent in fair-to-good condition, down two percent from last week. Seventy-seven percent of corn was rated in fair-to-good condition, down three percent from last week. Soybeans were rated 80 percent in fair-to-good condition, down five percent from last week. Strawberries were rated 80 in percent fair-to-good condition.

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