OHIO CROP WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS
WEEK ENDING SUNDAY NOVEMBER 11, 2012
The average temperature for the State was 42.8 degrees, 0.9 degrees below normal for the week ending Sunday, November 11, 2012. Precipitation averaged 0.08 inches, 0.69 inches below normal. There were 25 modified growing degree days, 4 days above normal. Reporters rated 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, November 9, 2012. Topsoil moisture was rated 2 percent very short, 11 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 17 percent surplus.
FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS
After heavy rains from the previous week, the weather cleared up and allowed producers to get into their fields. Most activities included fall tillage, hauling grain, hauling manure, applying fertilizer, cleaning, and storing equipment for winter. A few producers were still trying to find forage for livestock by chopping corn fodder, grass, or even late-planted green soybeans.
As of Sunday November 11th, 83 percent of the corn was harvested for grain, ahead of last year by 37 percent and the five-year average by 10 percent. Soybean fields were 93 percent harvested, compared to 79 percent last year and 95 percent for the five-year average. Winter wheat planted was 97 percent complete, compared to 89 percent last year and 96 percent for the five-year average. Winter wheat fields were 77 percent emerged, compared to 59 percent last year and 84 percent for the five-year average.
CROP AND LIVESTOCK CONDITION
Livestock were 85 percent in fair-to-good condition, up two percent from last week. Range and pasture acreage was 65 percent in fair-to-good condition, down one percent from last week. Winter wheat was 84 percent in fair-to-good condition, up one percent from last week.