OHIO CROP WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS
WEEK ENDING SUNDAY DECEMBER 18th 2011
The average temperature for the State was 38.9 degrees, 6.6 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, December 18, 2011. There were 8 modified growing degree days, 5 days above normal. Reporters rated 2.2 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, December 16, 2011. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 0 percent short, 17 percent adequate, and 83 percent surplus.
FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS
It was cold enough in the northern part of the state for the ground to freeze and for farmers to finish harvesting. However, it was still too wet in most parts of the state, and ten percent still remained unharvested. Pasture and winter wheat conditions continue to deteriorate due to the cool, wet conditions. As of Sunday December 18th, corn harvested for grain was 90 percent complete, compared to 100 percent last year and the five-year average.
CROP AND LIVESTOCK CONDITION
Livestock were 87 percent in fair-to-good condition, up one percent from last week. Seventy-one percent of range and pasture were in fair-to-good condition, up four percent from last week. Seventy-nine percent of winter wheat was in fair-to-good condition, down three percent from last week.