Light rains hindered the drying of fields and saturated soil moisture levels were maintained from the previous week’s heavy showers. There were 1.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 14, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The spotty showers prevented producers from making significant progress on planting. Some producers were hoeing corn to help with emergence issues. Cold temperatures caused some frost damage for corn and soybeans. Some producers are concerned that replanting may be necessary. Despite the excess rain, wheat and oats are reported on average to be in good to excellent condition.
Corn planted made a 3% jump in the past week with corn emerged doubling over the last 7 days, nearly in line with the five year average.