Ohio Weekly Crop Progress Report

The average temperature for the State was 75.2 degrees, 3.3 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, August 8, 2010. Precipitation averaged 0.84 inches, 0.13 inches below normal. There were 164 modified growing degree days, 14 days above normal.
Reporters rated 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, August 6, 2010. Topsoil moisture was rated 3 percent very short, 28 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 5 percent surplus.


FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS WEEK ENDING SUNDAY AUGUST 8, 2010

Scattered showers moved through the state and provided needed rain to some areas, thus reducing heat stress for both crops and livestock. Farm activities included tillage, installing tile, spraying corn and soybeans, applying manure, and baling hay. There were isolated reports of insect pressure on soybeans including Japanese beetle and spider mites, but overall pressure was light. Early tobacco harvest began in the southern counties, however much of the crop was still behind normal.
As of Sunday August 8, 65 percent of corn was in dough, compared to 31 percent last year and 37 percent for the five-year average. Ten percent of corn was dented, which was nine percent ahead of last year and seven percent ahead of the five-year average. Ninety-six percent of soybeans were blooming, three percent ahead of last year but even with the five-year average. Seventy-eight percent of soybeans were setting pods, compared to 54 percent last year and 72 percent for the five-year average. Sixty-four percent of the third cutting of alfalfa hay was complete, compared to 34 percent last year and 40 percent for the five-year average. Three percent of the 4th cutting of alfalfa hay was complete. Eighty- nine percent of the second cutting of other hay was complete, nine percent ahead of last year and 10 percent ahead of the five-year average. The third cutting of other hay was 21 percent complete, seven percent ahead of last year and eight percent ahead of the five-year average. Seventy-two percent of peaches were harvested, compared to 49 percent last year and 50 percent for the five-year average. Seventy-eight percent of summer apples were harvested, compared to 58 percent for both last year and the five-year average. Sixty-seven percent of cucumbers were harvested, two percent behind last year but 25 percent ahead of the five-year average. Potatoes were 25 percent harvested, four percent ahead of last year and 14 percent ahead of the five-year average. Processing tomatoes were five percent harvested, compared to nine percent for 2009 and four percent for the five-year average.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK CONDITION

Eighty-one percent of livestock were in fair-to-good condition, up one percent from last week. Apples were rated 78 percent in fair-to-good condition, up one percent from last week. Seventy-eighty percent of peaches were in fair-to-good condition, down two percent from last week. Hay was rated 80 percent in fair-to-good condition, up three percent from last week. Pasture and range were rated 82 percent in fair-to-good condition, up two percent from last week. Seventy-four percent of corn was rated in fair-to-good condition, up one percent from last week. Soybeans were rated 75 percent in fair-to-good condition, unchanged from last week.

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