Drier conditions reduced soil moisture surpluses and temperatures dropped midweek, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending August 6th. More farmers were able to return to the fields .
Some weed control measures took place this week along with manure application, fungicide and herbicide spraying, and tillage of wheat fields.
Commercial vegetable harvest continued, as did the baling of Hay. Crop conditions remain stable overall.
A primary concern for many growers was southern rust in corn. Other growers have are concerned about stunted soybeans. Shallow root systems in crops created concerns about adequate and timely precipitation.
The cooler temperatures were not ideal for crop development, but were beneficial to livestock.