Limited rain fell over the week, extending a dry spell as growers gear up for harvest, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.6 days available for fieldwork for the week ending September 17, 2017. Very little residual rainfall from Hurricane Irma was available, and most of the state’s rain fell in southern and central Ohio. Temperatures were slightly above normal in the northeast part of the state, and a couple of degrees cooler than normal in the southwest. The harvest of corn silage continued, and farmers began harvesting early maturity soybeans and high moisture corn. However, the wet conditions prevalent at the start of the season that caused planting delays and replanting of many fields has resulted in a lot of variability in maturity stages at this point. Some fields could still benefit from precipitation. Crop condition ratings remained steady, but hay and pasture conditions declined slightly. Some growers began to seed winter wheat.
Ohio’s Crop Progress — September 18, 2017
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