Ohio weekly crop progress report for June 18th

The average temperature for the State was 70.8 degrees, 1.3 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, June 17, 2012. Precipitation averaged 0.26 inches, 0.73 inches below normal. There were 148 modified growing degree days, 12 days above normal.

Reporters rated 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, June 15, 2012. Topsoil moisture was rated 31 percent very short, 46 percent short, 22 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS WEEK ENDING SUNDAY JUNE 17th, 2012

The state continued to experience warm and dry conditions. The heat is putting significant stress on livestock. The heat also hampered growth of corn, soybeans, and hay. Soybean emergence has been slow due to dry weather. Reporters commented that some areas have become too dry to replant soybeans or double crop soybeans. Insect infestation has been a problem in alfalfa fields. Field activities included side-dressing corn with nitrogen, spraying herbicides, and baling hay.

As of Sunday June 17th, one percent of corn was silked. The soybean crop was two percent blooming. The winter wheat crop was 99 percent turning color, compared to 53 percent last year and 61 percent for the five-year average. Twelve percent of winter wheat was ripe compared to two percent for the five-year average. Winter wheat was two percent harvested. The oat crop was 85 percent headed, compared to 11 percent last year and 52 percent for the five-year average. Eleven percent of the oat crop was ripe and one percent was harvested. Twenty-three percent of the second cutting of alfalfa hay was complete, compared to two percent last year and six percent for the five-year average. The second cutting of other hay was 23 percent complete, compared to one for the five-year average. Strawberry harvest was 96 percent complete, compared to 69 percent last year and 70 percent for the five-year average. Ninety-ninety percent of the processing tomato crop was planted, compared to 90 percent last year and 91 percent for the five-year average.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK CONDITION

Apples were 58 percent in fair-to-good condition, down seven percent from last week. Fifty-one percent of peaches were rated in fair-to- good condition, down one percent from last week. Corn was 78 percent in fair-to-good condition, down two percent from last week. Seventy-nine percent of hay was rated in fair-to-good condition, down four percent from last week. Livestock were 81 percent in fair-to- good condition, up one percent from last week. Eighty-three percent of oats were rated in fair-to-good condition, down three percent from last week. Range and pasture acreage was 72 percent in fair-to-good condition, down eight percent from last week. Soybeans were 79 percent in fair-to-good condition, down two from last week. Seventy-eight percent of winter wheat was in fair-to-good condition, down three percent from last week.

The complete June 18, 2012 Ohio Weekly Crop Progress Report

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