There was 1 day suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 2, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Soil conditions have been too wet for planting and field work in most areas, but some spring tillage, burndown, anhydrous applications, and topdressing of wheat was possible on lighter soils. Soil temperatures are higher than normal due to the mild winter. Wheat is doing well despite a few reports of winter damage. It is too early to tell if recent frost will have a negative effect on the fruit crop.
This is the first weekly crop and weather report for the 2017 season. A series of weekly crop progress reports will be published each Monday at 4:00 p.m. EST throughout the crop season.
These reports will cover planting and harvesting activities, crop development, weather data, and timely crop management information provided by farmers, USDA, and Ohio State University experts. For the earliest possible access, look for these reports on the internet shortly after the 4:00 P.M. release time.