Ohio Crop Progess Report for April 2nd

OHIO CROP WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

The average temperature for the State was 48.6 degrees, 2.9 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, April 1, 2012. Precipitation averaged 0.30 inches, 0.46 inches below normal. There were 43 modified growing degree days, 11 days above normal.

Reporters rated 3.1 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, March 30, 2012. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 1 percent short, 70 percent adequate, and 29 percent surplus.

FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS WEEK ENDING SUNDAY APRIL 1st, 2012

Temperatures were above normal and precipitation below normal throughout the state; however a heavy freeze during the night of March 27 may negatively impact this year’s apple and peach crop. Other field activities for the week include field application of manure, anhydrous, and fertilizers. Fields are much drier than normal for this time of year, which allowed operators much earlier access to fields with farm machinery.

As of Sunday April 1, corn planted for grain was 1 percent complete. Winter wheat jointed was rated at 9 percent, ahead of both last year and the five-year average by 6 and 7 percent, respectively. Eighteen percent of Oats acreage has been planted throughout the State, 17 percent ahead of last year and 14 percent ahead of the five-year average. Intended potato acreage was 1 percent planted. Apples at green tip or beyond were rated at 55 percent, compared to 4 percent last year and 2 percent for the five-year average. Peaches at green tip or beyond were rated at 59 percent, 53 points ahead of last year and 57 points ahead of the five-year average.

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