Warm Temperatures Aid Crop Progress
Dry conditions prevailed last week with some areas receiving scattered rain, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending September 2. Although scattered rain events stalled hay and silage harvests in some areas, crops were maturing rapidly with the higher temperatures. Soybeans setting pods were nearly complete and there were more reports of dropping leaves. Corn progress was making headway. Corn for silage harvest made a jump in progress last week. The mix of rain and high temperatures improved topsoil conditions and allowed more opportunities for hay harvest. Producers continued with other field activities including manure spreading and spraying crops.