The week started out ideal for planting before spotty rains delayed field activity. There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 30, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Corn and soybean planting made solid progress in Western Ohio before rain set in. Locally heavy amounts fell in Southwest Ohio, drowning out some recently planted fields. Colder temperatures also returned. Pasture and range condition is good despite some reports of ponding. Other activities included fertilizer application, spraying, spreading manure, and harvesting forages.
Corn was noted at 42% planted, double the five year average, and a gain from 9% the week before. 5% of corn was emerged.
Soybean numbers were included in the national report as 14% planted for Ohio.