Frequent rains bringing varied totals across the state kept many operators from plating and, in some cases, replanting corn and soybeans, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 1.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 28th . Rains interrupted planting or prevented the drying down needed for some operators to enter fields. Delays and drown-outs left the season in question for some growers. Corn in the ground was mostly in fair to good condition, reflecting the cold, wet weather’s effect on emergence. Winter wheat is in mostly good condition, but all crops would benefit from drier and warmer weather. Those conditions would also help hay producers, who also experienced a delay in cuttings. Pastures seemed to benefit from the wet conditions the most.
82% of corn is planted while 62% of corn is emerged. Soybeans are at 54% planted and 35% emerged. 1st cutting of alfalfa is 43% finished.