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2018 Ohio Crop Progress Update

Ohio Crop Progress — October 22, 2018

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.

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Ohio Crop Progress — Oct. 15, 2018

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.

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Temperature and Harvest Both Heat Up in Ohio Crop Progress

A warm week, where temperatures averaged 11 degrees above normal, helped push harvest 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 7. The warm temperatures allowed farmers to keep corn harvest ahead of the 5 year average. Phenomenal progress was made in harvesting soybeans last week; fifteen percent of the crop was harvested. Even with this tremendous progress, soybean harvest lagged the 5 year average. Winter wheat emergence was good and hay producers were cutting and baling as fields allowed. Other fieldwork included hauling and spreading manure, cover crop seeding, fertilizer applications, and fall tillage. The average moisture content of corn harvested last week was 19 percent and the average for soybeans was 13 percent.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – Intermittent Rain Slows Harvest

Variable rainfall slowed harvest for most producers, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 3.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending September 30. The recent rainfall kept combines out of soybean fields most of the week as harvest progress fell below the 5 – year average. Corn combines were rolling as harvest progress finished the week just above the 5 – year average. Winter wheat planters were slowed to a crawl and corn chopped for silage inched a long as well. Warm weather in – between rains helped some producers make hay last week, but it continued at a slow pace. The average moisture content of corn harvested last week was 21 percent, and the average for soybeans was 14 percent.

Ohio Crop Progress — September 24, 2018

Hot, Dry Weather Encouraged Harvest

Producers avoided delays and got harvest underway last week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending September 23. Rain received last week mostly fell in southern and eastern Ohio. Harvest moved along well. The decrease in soil moisture levels made for better harvesting conditions. Corn for silage was coming off at a good pace. Corn for grain and soybean harvests began slowly in some areas. Field conditions allowed some produces to plant winter wheat. The average moisture content of corn harvested last week was 22 percent, and the average for soybeans was 14 percent.

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Ohio Crop Progress — September 17, 2018

Wet Conditions Delay Harvest

Intermittent rain last week combined with previous wet conditions slowed crop harvest, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending September 16. Scattered rain events stalled harvest in some areas but corn silage harvest continued where conditions allowed. Corn for grain and soybean harvests began in some areas. There were some reports of ponding in fields. Hay that was made was wrapped or bagged. Corn and soybeans remained in mostly good to excellent condition.

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Ohio Crop Progress — September 10, 2018

Note: USDA NASS delayed the release of this report until noon on Tuesday, September 11th.

Wet Conditions Prevail

Conditions were very dry at the beginning of the week but ample rains were received by week’s end, 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 September 9. Soybeans continued to drop leaves and remained in good to excellent condition. Pastures and hay received some much needed rain. Fields were growing and greening from the new moisture. Harvest was delayed in some areas due to continued rainfall. Corn for silage harvest made headway despite widespread rains. There were little opportunities for haymaking last week. Some areas subsequently had concerns of flooding. Rain also delayed livestock and manure management activities.

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Ohio Crop Progress — September 4, 2018

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.

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Ohio Crop Progress — August 27, 2018

Spotty Rains Continue

Warm and wet weather continued for most of the State, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending August 19. Corn progress remained well ahead of the 5-year average for dough and dent stages. Soybean condition improved slightly to 75 percent good to excellent. Field work included making hay, tilling fields, and hauling manure. Livestock reportedly benefited from cooler temperatures in the mornings and improved pasture conditions. Oats were nearly all harvested by the end of the week.

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Ohio Crop Progress — August 20, 2018

Warm and wet weather continued for most of the State, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending August 19. Corn progress remained well ahead of the 5-year average for dough and dent stages. Soybean condition improved slightly to 75 percent good to excellent. Field work included making hay, tilling fields, and hauling manure. Livestock reportedly benefited from cooler temperatures in the mornings and improved pasture conditions. Oats were nearly all harvested by the end of the week.

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