Wet Conditions Hinder Progress
Large rain events were negatively affecting field crops in many parts of the State, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.There were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 9th. Rain throughout the week was beneficial in the Northwest where dry conditions have prevailed, but in central and southern counties, continued rain events have saturated soils and caused ponding in fields, raising concerns of root diseases in corn and soybeans. Hay fields were still reported in good condition, but wet weather challenged growers trying to mowed and bale hay. Producers took advantage of drier weather early in the week to make rapid progress with wheat harvest, but there were reports of lodging in wheat and oats caused by high winds.
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