Frost Arrived as Harvest Continued
Temperatures continued to cool down as frost appeared throughout much of the State last week according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending October 21. The rain held off again this week and soils continued to dry out to adequate levels. Corn harvest continued to outpace the 5-year average. Soybean harvest moved ahead 15 percentage points, but lagged behind the 5-year average. The frost on the 18th and 19th signaled the end of the growing season for many. Corn condition increased slightly from 82 percent rated good to excellent condition last week to 83 percent this week. Soybean condition remained the same at 79 percent rated in good to excellent condition last week and this week. Other late season fieldwork included installing drain tile, fall tillage, and cutting and baling hay. Winter wheat planting and emergence continued slightly behind the 5-year pace. The average moisture content of corn harvested last week was 18 percent and the average for soybeans was 14 percent.