Weather Delays Fieldwork
There was less than 1 day suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 8, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Excessive precipitation and low temperatures continued to delay fieldwork and crop progress, and even lead to flooding across parts the State. Pastures were too wet or still dormant, forcing producers to use stored hay and other forage for livestock. Soil temperatures slid back down to the low 30’s in the northern part of Ohio and back down to the low 40’s in the southern part of the State. Winter wheat condition was reported at 73 percent good to excellent despite reports of some fields still being dormant.