Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – September 17th, 2012

OHIO CROP WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS
The average temperature for the State was 64.2 degrees, 1.6 degrees below normal for the week ending Sunday, September 16, 2012. Precipitation averaged 0.07 inches, 0.77 inches below normal. There were 95 modified growing degree days, 20 days below normal.

Reporters rated 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, September 14, 2012. Topsoil moisture was rated 24 percent very short, 39 percent short, 36 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS WEEK ENDING SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 16, 2012
Recent rains have slowed maturing of corn and soybeans. Field activities for the week included tilling wheat stubble, applying fertilizer and manure, and baling hay. Corn and soybeans are being harvested in more parts of the state.
As of Sunday September 16th, corn dented was rated at 95 percent, compared to 63 percent last year and 82 percent for the five-year average. Thirty-eight percent of corn was mature, 27 percent ahead of last year and 9 percent ahead of the five-year average. Four percent of the corn was harvested for grain, two percent ahead of the five-year average. Corn for silage was 83 percent harvested, compared to 33 percent last year and 55 percent for the five-year average. Fifty-six percent of soybeans were dropping leaves, compared to 16 percent last year and 44 percent for the five-year average. Fourteen percent of the soybeans were mature, 12 percent ahead of last year and two percent ahead of the five-year average. Soybeans were three percent harvested, compared to two percent for the five-year average. The fourth cutting of alfalfa hay was 67 percent complete, compared to 41 percent for last year and 49 percent for the five-year average. Eighty-six percent of the third cutting of other hay was complete, compared to 71 percent for both last year the five-year average. Ninety-eight percent of summer apples were harvested, six percent ahead of last year and two percent ahead the five-year average. Fall and winter apples were 35 percent harvested, eight percent ahead of last year and six percent ahead of the five-year average. Forty-nine percent of grapes have been harvested, 21 percent ahead of last year and 14 percent ahead of the five-year average. The potato crop was 81 percent harvested, compared to 55 percent for last year and 61 percent for the five-year average. Processing tomatoes were 79 percent harvested, compared to 38 percent last year and 56 percent for the five-year average.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK CONDITION
Apples were 50 percent in fair-to-good condition, down one percent from last week. Corn was 41 percent in fair-to-good condition, down one percent from last week. Livestock were 81 percent in fair-to-good condition, unchanged from last week. Range and pasture acreage was 42 percent in fair-to-good condition, up ten percent from last week. Soybeans were 63 percent in fair-to-good condition, down four percent from last week.

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