Ohio’s Crop Progress – September 24th, 2012

FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS WEEK ENDING SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2012

Field activities for the week included tilling wheat stubble, applying fertilizer and manure, and baling hay. Corn and soybeans are being harvested throughout the state, however cool damp weather has slowed the pace of the harvesting of these grain crops. The harvest of vegetables, including fall crops, continues.

As of Sunday September 23rd, sixty-one-eight percent of corn was mature, 44 percent ahead of last year and 19 percent ahead of the five-year average. Eight percent of the corn was harvested for grain, ahead of last year by seven percent and the five-year average by two percent. Corn for silage was 88 percent harvested, compared to 43 percent last year and 69 percent for the five-year average. Seventy-three percent of soybeans were dropping leaves, compared to 33 percent last year and 65 percent for the five-year average. Twenty-nine percent of the soybeans were mature, 24 percent ahead of last year and two percent ahead of the five-year average. Soybeans harvested were rated at eight percent harvested, compared to seven percent for the five-year average. Winter wheat planted was rated at three percent, compared to one percent last year and three percent for the five-year average. The fourth cutting of alfalfa hay was 71 percent complete, compared to 48 percent for last year and 59 percent for the five-year average. Ninety percent of the third cutting of other hay was complete, compared to 74 percent last year and 80 percent for the five-year average. Fall and winter apples were 45 percent harvested, eight percent ahead of last year and seven percent ahead of the five-year average. Seventy percent of grapes have been harvested, 36 percent ahead of last year and 22 percent ahead of the five-year average. The potato crop was 85 percent harvested, compared to 69 percent for last year and 72 percent for the five-year average. Processing tomatoes were 85 percent harvested, compared to 57 percent last year and 68 percent for the five-year average.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK CONDITION
Apples were 46 percent in fair-to-good condition, down four percent from last week. Corn was 45 percent in fair-to-good condition, up four percent from last week. Livestock were 85 percent in fair-to-good condition, up four percent from last week. Range and pasture acreage was 44 percent in fair-to-good condition, up two percent from last week. Soybeans were 67 percent in fair-to-good condition, up four percent from last week.

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