OHIO CROP WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS
The average temperature for the State was 52.9 degrees, 1.5 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, October 21, 2012. Precipitation averaged 0.56 inches, 0.11 inches below normal. There were 40 modified growing degree days, 8 days below normal.
Reporters rated 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, October 19, 2012. Topsoil moisture was rated 7 percent very short, 22 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus.
FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS WEEK ENDING SUNDAY OCTOBER 21, 2012
Dry field conditions have enabled operators to rapidly progress with row crop harvests and winter wheat planting. The majority of hay producers are done cutting hay for the season. The tobacco harvest is completed; some tobacco has been taken down from the curing structures and stripped.
As of Sunday October 21st, fifty percent of the corn was harvested for grain, ahead of last year by 38 percent and the five-year average by fourteen percent. Soybeans harvested were rated at 63 percent, compared to 37 percent last year and 68 percent for the five-year average. Winter wheat planted was rated at 67 percent, compared to 49 percent last year and 76 percent for the five-year average. Winter wheat emerged was rated at twenty-two percent, 16 percent ahead of last year, but 18 percent behind the five-year average. Fall and winter apples were 89 percent harvested, seven percent ahead of both last year and the five-year average.
CROP AND LIVESTOCK CONDITION
Corn was 53 percent in fair-to-good condition, compared to 50 percent last week. Livestock were 84 percent in fair-to-good condition, unchanged from last week. Range and pasture acreage was 59 percent in fair-to-good condition, compared to 58 percent last week. Soybeans were 67 percent in fair-to-good condition, up one percent from last week.