There was less than 1 day suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 1, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Colder than normal temperatures kept pastures and crops behind typical progress to start the 2018 season. A wintry mix of rain and snow blanketed the State starting mid-week and resulted in higher than normal levels of precipitation and saturated fields. Tillage and manure hauling occurred in drier parts of the State early in the week. Soil temperatures remained in the mid to low 40’s throughout the State. Winter wheat condition was reported at 75 percent good to excellent despite recent weather concerns.
This is the first weekly crop and weather report for the 2018 season. A series of weekly crop progress reports will be published each Monday at 4:00 p.m. ET throughout the crop season.
These reports will cover planting and harvesting activities, crop development, weather data, and timely crop management information provided by farmers, USDA, and Ohio State University experts. For the earliest possible access, look for these reports on the internet shortly after the 4:00 P.M. release time.