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2018 Ohio Crop Progress Update

Ohio Crop Progress — August 13, 2018

Field Crop Progress Stays Ahead of Schedule

Corn continued to see faster than average kernel development last week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending August 12. Soybean pods were also filling faster than average due to timely rains and warmer than normal temperatures last week. Rapid corn and soybean development were accompanied by slight increases in good to excellent condition ratings for soybeans and pastures. Oats harvested moved closer to completion in between the rainfall and progress remained ahead of the 5-year average. Hay continued to be cut close to last year’s pace. Improving pasture condition lowered livestock stress.

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Ohio Crop Progress — August 6th, 2018

Rains Still Hit or Miss

Milder than usual temperatures and spotty rains spread across the State last week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending August 5. Corn and soybeans conditions improved slightly from last week although some producers were still badly in need of rain. Pastures received some needed rain, but still moved from mostly good into mostly fair condition. Oats harvested remained ahead of the 5-year average. Tobacco began blooming last week.

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Ohio Crop Progress – July 30th, 2018

Hot and dry weather continued last week. Rain continued to be spotty providing little relief to crops, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician,USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending July 29. Crops continued to look good but will need some water soon. Corn and soybean condition was mostly good to excellent but showed some signs of stress. Hay making continued to progress well in dry weather. Winter wheat harvest and other hay first cut ting was complete. Manure hauling, spraying of fungicides and herbicides, and weed control activities kept farmers busy last week.

Ohio Crop Progress — July 23, 2018

Most areas of the State are still very dry despite spotty rain events, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending July 22. There were reports of spotty rain events last week but most areas are still dry. The dry weather did provide ample opportunity to harvest hay, wheat, and oats and make herbicide and fungicide applications. Range and pasture conditions were showing early signs of stress from lack of needed rains. Lower temperatures helped to decrease crop stress from scarce rains.

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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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