Beneficial Rains Promote Crop Progress
Rainy weather and warmer temperatures brought relief to many areas, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.There were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 25th. Remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy brought a lot of rain to many parts of the State. The wet weather promoted crop growth, but also weed growth, especially in soybean fields. There were some reports of flooding, saturated soils, and crop damage in the southern and western parts of the State, but overall crop condition continued to look good. Wheat was maturing with the warmer temperatures while harvest continued slowly due to wet weather. Some corn and soybeans had to be replanted due to early wet weather. Other activities for the week included cutting hay, side dressing corn, spraying for pests, and certifying crop acres at county FSA offices.