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2018 Ohio Crop Progress Update

Ohio Crop Progress — July 16, 2018

Dry Conditions Continue

Hot and dry conditions prevailed throughout the week causing stress to crops and livestock, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician with the USDA, NASS, Ohio field office. There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending July 15. Wheat harvest and straw baling were in full swing with the dry weather. Hay harvest was doing well with second cut for both alfalfa and other hay well underway. Oats were maturing rapidly with the hot weather. Corn and soybeans overall remained in mostly good condition. Pastures were experiencing some stress due to high temperatures and loss of soil moisture. Little to no rain allowed opportunities for fieldwork. Field activities included spraying of fungicides and herbicides, hauling manure, and performing tillage operations.

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Ohio Crop Progress — July 9, 2018

Weather and Wheat Harvest Heat Up

Winter wheat harvest sped up during the week with help from warmer than average temperatures, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician with the USDA, NASS, Ohio field office. There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending July 8. High temperatures continued to be ideal for wheat maturation and harvest but also continued to dry out the soil. Scattered, heavy rains continued to miss most fields yet caused lodging of wheat and corn in others. Soybean blooming and corn silking continued to outpace 5-year averages with recent increases over normal growing degree days. Hay harvest was almost able to catch up to last year’s progress thanks to the dry weather.

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Ohio Crop Progress — July 2, 2018

Producers used the dry conditions last week to make headway with haymaking, straw baling, and other fieldwork, 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 July 1. High temperatures were ideal for wheat maturation, however, they caused stress to livestock. Winter wheat harvest was well underway. Lingering wet soil conditions and additional scattered storms last week caused some damage in crops fields. There were some reports of ponding in fields, flood damage, and yellowing of plants. Soybean emergence was nearly complete. Crop conditions remained mostly good to excellent.

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Ohio Crop Progress — June 25, 2018

Summer Season Starts with More Rain

Soybean fields have been planted and were on par with historical emergence despite extensive rain, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 2.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending June 24. Some parts of the State received up to 6 inches of rain which produced flooding and ponding in low lying fields and pastures. Last week’s continued wet weather made Hay cutting very difficult and forced some second cutting stands to pass ideal maturity. Corn was completely emerged; up from 96% last week. Winter wheat was 45% mature. Harvest was expected to begin in most areas this week as fields dry out. Oats were 82% headed last week and condition decreased slightly to 72% of the crop in good to excellent condition due to recent wet weather.

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Ohio Crop Progress — June 18, 2018

Corn planting has completed and the crop was almost completely emerged, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending June 17. Livestock were stressed during the high temperatures and heavy, humid air late in the week. Sporadic, wet weather continued to make Hay cutting difficult as progress lags behind last year. Soybean condition is 85% Good to Excellent for the week, up from 81% last week. Winter wheat began to mature last week although it is behind last year’s maturity progress at this time and was 78% in Good to Excellent condition.

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Ohio Crop Progress for June 11, 2018

Planting progress moved closer to five year averages for most crops, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending June 10. Fields and pastures had begun to dry out early in the week followed by rain showers later in the week. Producers who finished planting or who finished applying fertilizers and herbicides to fields during the first part of the week welcomed the rain. Corn planting wrapped up for most producers and soybean planting moved closer to completion as well. Oats were nearly all emerged and the crop reported to be in good to excellent condition increased over the previous week. Winter wheat condition remained similar to the previous week while intermittent wet weather proves challenging for those cutting Hay.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress – June 4th, 2018

Despite wet conditions this week, a lot of the planting was able to be completed, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending June 3. Wet conditions caused some delay in field work. Some areas could use rain, but others have a surplus. Warm temperatures also continued this week which helped boost crop growth and condition. Corn and soybean stands are emerging nicely.

There were a few reports of replanting. Oats planting is complete. Hay making was delayed by wet weather. Spraying and side dressing of corn continued this week.

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Ohio Crop Progress — May 29, 2018

Planting Progress Continues

Despite spotty rain events, warmer temperatures allowed for some field activities to be completed, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 4.0 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 27. Some rains stalled planting, but the week was mostly dry. High temperatures allowed producers to get out into the fields. Corn and soybean planting continued to go strong. Winter wheat is also maturing rapidly. Hay first cutting is starting to pick up in most areas. Crop conditions are good to excellent. Hay and pasture are also in good condition. Other activities this week included spraying, tillage, hauling manure, nitrogen application, and corn side dressing.

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Ohio Crop Progress — May 21, 2018

Planting proceeded despite continued wet weather this week, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 3.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 20. The wet conditions were ideal for plant emergence. Oat planting is near completion and corn planting is not far behind. Soybean planting is only halfway complete. Some hay cutting was done this week along with other field activities, including spreading manure, applying herbicides, and tilling. Overall crops are in good condition.

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Ohio Crop Progress — May 14, 2018

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.

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