Aside from sporadic rainfall, most of the state received little to no rainfall, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending August 13th. For many growers, the drier conditions add additional challenges to an already difficult season. Excessive moisture earlier in the season caused nitrogen loss and delayed critical post emergence operations. Plants that were able to recover have shallow root systems and a diminished capacity for handling dry weather. Crop conditions still vary widely, even within small areas. Oat harvest is neared completion. Weather was favorable for hay, spreading of manure, spraying, and other field work.