Ohio's Crop Progress – May 14th, 2012

WEEK ENDING SUNDAY May 13th, 2012

The average temperature for the State was 60.1 degrees, 1.5 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, May 13, 2012. Precipitation averaged 1.23 inches, 0.43 inches above normal. There were 83 modified growing degree days, 4 days above normal. Reporters rated 2.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, May 11, 2012. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 4 percent short, 65 percent adequate, and 31 percent surplus.

FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS

Temperatures and precipitation for the State were higher than normal. Most of the precipitation came in variable, yet strong rains.
Reporters still indicated that field conditions were still slightly dryer than usual for this time of year. Warmer temperatures this year have caused an increase in insect pressure. Field activities for the week included hauling grain, green chopping forage, applying nitrogen to corn, fungicide to wheat, and spraying herbicides.

As of Sunday May 13th, the intended corn crop was 84 percent planted, compared to six percent last year and 51 percent for the five-year average. Corn was 58 percent emerged, compared to one percent last year and 23 percent for the five-year average. Forty-six percent of soybeans were planted, compared to two percent last year, and 29 percent for the five-year average. Seventeen percent of soybeans were emerged, compared to 5 percent for the five-year average. The winter wheat crop was 93 percent jointed, compared to 83 percent last year and 87 percent for the five year average. Fifty-three percent of winter wheat was headed, compared to one percent last year and five percent for the five-year average. The oat crop was 90 percent emerged, compared to 12 percent last year and 60 percent for the five-year average.

The first cutting of alfalfa hay was 12 percent complete, compared to one percent last year and three percent for the five year average. Other hay was six percent complete, five percent ahead of last year, and four percent ahead of the five-year average. Sixteen percent of cucumbers were planted, ten percent ahead of last year and nine percent ahead of the five-year average. Strawberry harvest was six percent complete, five percent ahead of the five-year average. Potato acreage was 75 percent planted, compared to 25 percent last year and 55 percent for the five-year average. Eleven percent of the processing tomato crop was planted, six percent ahead of both last year and the five-year average.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK CONDITION

Apples were 61 percent in fair-to-good condition, nine points behind last week. Peaches were 48 percent in fair-to-good condition,
down 12 points from last week. Hay was 84 percent in fair-to-good condition, down four percent from last week. Livestock were 78 percent in fair-to-good condition, down two points from last week. Oats were 78 percent in fair-to-good condition, down four points from last week. Seventy-seven percent of range and pasture acreage were rated in fair-to-good condition, up one percent from last week. Seventy-five percent of winter wheat was in fair-to-good condition, up one percent from last week.

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