Temperature Cooled Down as Harvest Heated Up
Temperatures cooled down and the State received small amounts of rain last week according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending October 14. The rain stopped long enough for combines to get into the fields and pick corn as the harvest continued to outpace the 5-year average. Soybean harvest moved ahead 13 percentage points although it was still lagging behind the 5-year average. The wet conditions were reportedly affecting grain quality in a few areas. Corn condition dropped slightly from 83 percent rated good to excellent condition last week to 82 percent this week. Soybean condition moved a bit more from 84 percent rated in good to excellent condition last week to 79 percent this week. Other late season crops, like vine vegetables and tobacco, were being harvested but faced quality issues where fields were oversaturated. Winter wheat planting continued slightly behind the 5-year pace and hay producers continued cutting and baling as fields allowed. The average moisture content of corn harvested last week was 19 percent and the average for soybeans was 14 percent.