Ohio’s Crop Progress – July 9th, 2012

OHIO CROP WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

The average temperature for the State was 82.4 degrees, 10.0 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, July 8, 2012. Precipitation averaged 0.63 inches, 0.15 inches below normal. There were 174 modified growing degree days, 21 days above normal.

Reporters rated 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, July 6, 2012. Topsoil moisture was rated 49 percent very short, 39 percent short, 12 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.

FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS WEEK ENDING SUNDAY JULY 8th, 2012

Conditions throughout the state are hot and dry. The heat and dry weather during the last number of weeks has continued to put significant stress on both crops and livestock. Field activities for the week were baling hay and harvesting wheat and oats.

As of Sunday July 8th, 41 percent of corn was silked (tasseled), which was 40 percent ahead of last year and 29 percent ahead of the five-year average. The soybean crop was 36 percent blooming, compared to three percent last year and 22 percent for the five-year average. Eighty-seven
percent of winter wheat has been harvested, which was 30 percentage points ahead of last year and 33 points ahead of the five-year average. The oat crop was 58 percent ripe, ahead of both last week and the five-year average by 19 and 44 percent, respectively. The harvested oat acreage was reported at 9 percent, which was 4 percent ahead of last week and 7 points ahead of the five-year average. Seventy-eight percent of the second cutting of alfalfa hay was complete, compared to 40 percent last year and 50 percent for the five-year average. The second cutting of other hay was 56 percent complete, compared to 14 percent last year and 24 percent for the five-year average. Eleven percent of the summer apples were harvested, which is 10 percentage points ahead of last year and four points ahead of the five-year average. Peaches harvested were rated at 17 percent, compared to 8 percent last year and 7 percent for the five-year average. Seventeen percent of cucumbers harvested have been harvested, which was fifteen percentage points ahead of the five-year average.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK CONDITION

Apples were 53 percent in fair-to-good condition, down 4 percent from last week. Forty-seven percent of peaches were rated in fair-to-good condition, unchanged from last week. Corn was 61 percent in fair-to-good condition, down from 70 percent last week. Sixty-one percent of hay was rated in fair-to-good condition, down twelve percent from last week. Livestock were 79 percent in fair-to-good condition, down 3 percent from last week. Eighty-three percent of oats were rated in fair-to-good condition, up 2 percent from last week. Range and pasture acreage was 47 percent in fair-to-good condition, down 14 percent from last week. Soybeans were 61 percent in fair-to-good condition,  down 6 percent from last week.

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