OHIO CROP WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS
WEEK ENDING SUNDAY JUNE 12, 2011
The average temperature for the State was 75.4 degrees, 7.6 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, June 12, 2011. Precipitation averaged 1.26 inches, 0.31 inches above normal. There were 162 modified growing degree days, 36 days above normal. Reporters rated 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, June 10, 2011. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 9 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus.
FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS
Temperatures and precipitation were higher than normal for the second straight week. The isolated showers did not prevent farmers from getting in their fields. Most field activities included cutting hay, and planting corn and soybeans, with some replanting required. Emerged fields were applied with fertilizer and herbicides. Fungicide was applied to many wheat fieldsas evidence of head scab started to appear. There were isolated reports of cut worm in corn, as well. Livestock operations indicated mounting stress on their animals from the high heat and humidity.
As of Sunday June 12th, corn was 97 percent planted. Corn emerged was 57 percent, compared to 96 percent last year and 97 percent for the five-year average. Seventy-seven percent of soybeans were planted, eight percent behind last year and 17 percent behind the five-year average. Tewnty-nine percent of soybeans were emerged, compared to 75 percent last year and 83 percent for the five-year average. Twenty-five percent of winter wheat was turning color, 30 percent behind last year and seven percent behind the five-year average. Eighty-three percent of oats were planted and seventy-one percent were emerged. Oats were 8 percent headed, compared to 56 percent last year and 48 percent for the five-year average. The 1st cutting of Alfalfa hay was 72 percent complete, one percent behind last year and four percent behind the five-year average. Other hay 1st cutting was 50 percent complete, six percent behind last year and ten percent behind the five-year average. Sixty-two percent of cucumbers were planted, 14 percent behind last year and seven percent behind the five-year average. Fifty-three percent of strawberries were harvested, 13 percent behind last year and one percent behind the five-year average. Potatoes were 67 percent planted. Processing tomatoes were 86 percent planted, 20 percent ahead of last year and five percent ahead of the five-year average.