OHIO CROP WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS
WEEK ENDING SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 18th 2011
The average temperature for the State was 61.1 degrees, 3.9 degrees below normal for the week ending Sunday, September 18, 2011. Precipitation averaged 0.53 inches, 0.34 inches below normal. There were 89 modified growing degree days, 20 days below normal. Reporters rated 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, September 16, 2011. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 9 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 16 percent surplus.
FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS
Fields were still wet from the previous week’s rain, but began to dry and allowed producers to get back in their fields. Field activities included tilling wheat stubble, planting cover crops, hauling manure, harvesting corn for silage, and preparing storage bins and equipment for fall harvest.
As of Sunday September 18th, corn in dough was 96 percent, three percent behind the five-year average. Corn dented was 66 percent, compared to 99 percent last year and 91 percent for the five-year average. Corn mature was 13 percent, compared to 69 percent last year, and 36 percent for the five-year average. Corn for silage was 37 percent harvested, compared to 89 percent last year and 65 for the five-year average. Nineteen percent of soybeans were dropping leaves, compared to 74 percent last year and 56 percent for the five-year average. Three percent of soybeans were mature, compared to 39 percent last year and 18 percent for the five-year average.