Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – August 27th, 2012

OHIO CROP WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

 

WEEK ENDING SUNDAY AUGUST 26, 2012

 

The average temperature for the State was 70.6 degrees, 0.2 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, August 26, 2012. Precipitation averaged 0.17 inches, 0.61 inches below normal. There were 141 modified growing degree days, 1 day below normal. Reporters rated 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, August 24, 2012. Topsoil moisture was rated 41 percent very short, 37 percent short, 22 percent adequate, and 0 percent surplus.

 

FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS

 

There were isolated showers and enough precipitation to reach what is average for this time of year, but it did little to improve already draught-stricken crops. Field activities for the week included spraying for weeds and spider mites, tilling wheat stubble, applying fertilizer, and installing tile drainage.

 

As of Sunday August 26th, 92 percent of corn was rated in the dough development stage, compared to 67 percent last year and 79 percent for the five-year average. Corn dented was rated at 59 percent, compared to 18 percent last year and 36 percent for the five-year average. Six percent of corn was mature, five percent ahead of last year and four percent ahead of the five-year average. Corn for silage was 39 percent harvested, compared to six percent last year and ten percent for the five-year average. Fifteen percent of soybeans were dropping leaves, compared to one percent last year and three percent for the five-year average. Eighty-four percent of the third cutting of alfalfa hay was complete, six percent ahead of last year and four percent ahead of the five-year average. The fourth cutting of alfalfa was 28 percent complete, compared to 14 percent for both last year and the five-year average. The second cutting of other hay was 94 percent complete, two percent ahead of last year and one percent ahead of the five-year average. Forty-six percent of the third cutting of other hay was complete, compared to 28 percent last year and 36 percent for the five-year average. Eighty-four percent of summer apples were harvested, nine percent ahead of last year and three percent ahead of the five-year average. The peach crop was 90 percent harvested, compared to 77 percent for both last year and the five-year average. Fifteen percent of grapes have been harvested. Eighty-five percent of cucumbers have been harvested, compared to 71 percent last year and 74 percent for the five-year average. The potato crop was 61 percent harvested, compared to 36 percent last year and 34 percent for the five-year average. Processing tomatoes were 47 percent harvested, compared to 14 percent last year and 16 percent for the five-year average.

 

CROP AND LIVESTOCK CONDITION

 

Apples were 40 percent in fair-to-good condition, down ten percent from last week. Corn was 43 percent in fair-to-good condition, down one percent from last week. Thirty-nine percent of hay acreage was rated in fair-to-good condition, down five percent from last week. Livestock were 79 percent in fair-to-good condition, down one percent from last week. Range and pasture acreage was 31 percent in fair-to-good condition, down one percent from last week. Soybeans were 60 percent in fair-to-good condition, down six percent from last week.

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