Weather continued to be ideal for grain harvest this week. There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending October 18th according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Growers were able to continue harvest at a rapid pace this week due to the dry conditions. Moisture content of corn fell one point to 17 percent and soybean moisture content fell one percent to 11 percent. While the dry weather was good for harvest, the winter wheat needs moisture as soil moisture continued to decline. Pastures could use moisture as well. The October 13th drought monitor showed two abnormally dry spots in Ohio: an area in Northeast Ohio east of I-77 and north of I-70, and a band of Southern Ohio, running from Eastern Brown County, along the River Valley to Southern Gallia County. Some areas saw their first frost this week.