Ohio Weekly Crop Progress Report-May 7, 2012

The average temperature for the State was 68.1 degrees, 12.7 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, May 6, 2012. Precipitation averaged 1.91 inches, 1.02 inches above normal. There were 116 modified growing degree days, 53 days above normal. Reporters rated 3.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, May 4, 2012. Topsoil moisture was rated 0 percent very short, 10 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 21 percent surplus.

FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS

Temperatures and precipitation for the State changed noticeably as the week progressed. The week started cool and dry, but warmer weather later in the week brought much needed rain. Reporters still indicated that field conditions were still slightly dryer than usual for this time of year. The large temperature swing placed a slight amount of stress on livestock, but the rain was needed to help germinate newly planted crops. Other field activities for the week include hauling grain and application of fertilizer and herbicide.

As of Sunday May 6th, the intended corn crop was 79 percent planted, compared to two percent last year and 33 percent for the five-year average. Corn was 21 percent emerged, compared to one percent last year and eight percent for the five-year average. Thirty-five percent of soybeans were planted, compared to 13 percent for the five-year average. Five percent of soybeans were emerged, three percent ahead of the five-year average. The winter wheat crop was 89 percent jointed, compared to 64 percent last year and 74 percent for the five year average. Six percent of winter wheat was headed, five percent ahead of the five-year average. The oat crop was 86 percent emerged, compared to eight percent last year and 37 percent for the five-year average. The first cutting of alfalfa and other hay were two and once percent complete, respectively. Ninety-nine percent of apples were in full bloom compared to 38 percent last year and 67 percent for the five-year average. Ninety-eight percent of peaches were in full bloom compared to 45 percent last year and 66 percent for the five-year average. Thirteen percent of cucumbers were planted, eleven percent ahead of the five-year average. Strawberry harvest was four percent complete. Potato acreage was 73 percent planted, compared to ten percent last year and 39 percent for the five-year average. Six percent of the processing tomato crop was planted, five percent ahead of the five-year average.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK CONDITION

Apples were 70 percent in fair-to-good condition, two points behind last week. Peaches were 60 percent in fair-to-good condition, up two points from last week. Hay was 88 percent in fair-to-good condition, up three percent from last week. Livestock were 80 percent in fair- to-good condition, up five points from last week. Oats were 82 percent in fair-to-good condition, down four points from last week. Seventy-six percent of range and pasture acreage were rated in fair-to-good condition, down one percent from last week. Seventy-four percent of winter wheat was in fair-to-good condition, down one percent from last week.

Complete Ohio Weekly Crop Progress Report for May 7, 2012

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