OHIO CROP WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS
The average temperature for the State was 47.6 degrees, 5.8 degrees below normal for the week ending Sunday, April 29, 2012. Precipitation averaged 0.78 inches, 0.05 inches above normal. There were 29 modified growing degree days, 30 days below normal.
Reporters rated 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, April 27, 2012. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 19 percent short, 71 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.
FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS WEEK ENDING SUNDAY APRIL 29th 2012
Temperatures for the State were below normal, while precipitation was slightly above normal for the week. Reporters indicate that field conditions are dryer than usual for this time of year, which has negatively affected germination of planted crops. Growth of hay and wheat fields has slowed down due to lack of rain and cool nights. Other field activities for the week include field application of fertilizers and manure, tilling ground, and corn and soybean planting.
As of Sunday April 29th, corn planted for grain was 57 percent complete, compared to 1 percent last year and 20 percent for the five-year average. Corn emerged was at 6 percent, 5 percent ahead of both last year and the five-year average. Sixteen percent of soybeans were planted, 11 percent ahead of the five-year average. Winter wheat jointed was rated at 73 percent, ahead of both last year and the five-year average by 30 and 24 percent, respectively. Oats emerged were rated at 66 percent, compared to 6 percent last year and 19 percent for the five-year average. Intended potato acreage was 48 percent planted, ahead of both last year by 44 points and the five-year average by 21 points. Both Alfalfa hay and Other hay were 1 percent harvested. Apples at full bloom or beyond were rated at 78 percent, 56 percentage points ahead of last year and 39 points ahead of the five-year average. Peaches at full bloom or beyond were rated at 82 percent, compared to 36 percent last year and 46 percent for the five-year average.
CROP AND LIVESTOCK CONDITION
Apples were 72 percent in fair-to-good condition, 2 points behind last week. Peaches were 58 percent in fair-to-good condition, down from 70 points last week. Hay was 85 percent in fair-to-good condition, down two percentage points from last week. Livestock were 75 percent in fair-to-good condition, down 3 points from last week. Oats were 86 percent in fair-to-good condition, down 4 points from last week. Seventy-seven percent of range and pasture acreage were rated in fair-to-good condition, up 2 percentage points from last week. Seventy-five percent of winter wheat was in fair-to-good condition, down 2 percentage points from last week.