Sunshine Followed by More Rain
Dry conditions at the beginning of the week gave way to significant rainfall by the week’s end, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 2nd. Sunny weather and cooler temperatures early in the week were ideal for field work, allowing winter wheat harvest to progress rapidly and remain ahead of the five-year average. Heavy rains on Thursday and Friday saturated fields and stalled harvest progress for wheat, oat and hay producers, especially in northern and western counties. Most reporters continued to indicate that corn and soybean crops were in good to fair condition; some producers reported this week’s rain caused ponding in fields and yellowing of plants due to excess moisture. Other activities for the week included cutting and baling hay, baling straw, applying post- emergent herbicides, side dressing corn, and certifying crops with FSA.