Warmer, drier conditions in many parts of the State allowed for significant planting progress, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 13. Field conditions generally were ideal for planting and other activities. Planting progress for both corn and soybeans jumped ahead of the five-year average following a delayed start to the planting season. High temperatures with moist soil conditions also helped to promote corn emergence. Producers also were busy spraying herbicides, and spreading manure, chopping rye for silage, cutting and baling alfalfa, and tillage work. Wheat and pasture conditions improved from last week, while livestock were reported in good condition. In northern counties, however, scattered showers throughout the week followed by heavy rainfall during the weekend limited fieldwork opportunities. There were reports of flooding concerns, ponding in fields, leeching of fertilizers, and drowning of emerged crops.