Ohio’s Crop Progress – May 21st, 2012

OHIO CROP WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

WEEK ENDING SUNDAY May 20th, 2012

The average temperature for the State was 63.9 degrees, 2.2 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, May 20, 2012. Precipitation averaged 0.24 inches, 0.66 inches below normal. There were 107 modified growing degree days, 14 days above normal. Reporters rated 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, May 18, 2012. Topsoil moisture was rated 1 percent very short, 15 percent short, 75 percent adequate, and 9 percent surplus.

FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS

The state saw dry and warm weather for most of the week. Operators took advantage by completing a lot of field work. These activities included planting corn and soybeans, baling hay, spraying nitrogen on emerged corn, and applying herbicides. Reporters still indicated that field conditions were still slightly dryer than usual for this time of year and will need rain in the coming weeks for all the newly planted crops.

As of Sunday May 20th, the intended corn crop was 94 percent planted, compared to ten percent last year and 60 percent for the five-year average. Corn was 73 percent emerged, compared to two percent last year and 39 percent for the five-year average. Seventy-four percent of soybeans were planted, compared to four percent last year and 37 percent for the five-year average. Thirty-seven percent of soybeans were emerged, compared to one percent last year and 14 percent for the five-year average. The winter wheat crop was 94 percent headed, compared to eight percent last year and 24 percent for the five-year average. One percent of winter wheat was turning color. The oat crop was 93 percent emerged, compared to 19 percent last year and 75 percent for the five-year average. Nine percent of oats were headed, seven percent ahead of the five-year average. The first cutting of alfalfa hay was 39 percent complete, compared to three percent last year and ten percent for the five-year average. Other hay was 25 percent complete, compared to two percent last year and seven percent for the five-year average. Forty-nine percent of cucumbers were planted, compared to nine percent last year and 21 percent for the five-year average. Strawberry harvest was 21 percent complete, compared to four percent last year and seven percent for the five-year average. Potato acreage was 78 percent planted, compared
to 34 percent last year and 65 percent for the five-year average. Thirty-nine percent of the processing tomato crop was planted, compared to eight percent last year and 20 percent for the five-year average.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK CONDITION

Apples were 60 percent in fair-to-good condition, one point behind last week. Peaches were 48 percent in fair-to-good condition, unchanged from last week. Corn was 79 percent in fair-to-good condition. Hay was 82 percent in fair-to-good condition, down two percent from last week. Livestock were 73 percent in fair-to-good condition, down five points from last week. Oats were 76 percent in fair-to-good condition, down two points from last week. Seventy-five percent of range and pasture acreage were rated in fair-to-good condition, down two percent from last week. Seventy-five percent of winter wheat was in fair-to-good condition, unchanged from last week.

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