OHIO CROP WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS
The average temperature for the State was 46.5 degrees, 7.4 degrees below normal for the week ending Sunday, October 14, 2012. Precipitation averaged 0.12 inches, 0.47 inches below normal. There were 32 modified growing degree days, 25 days below normal.
Reporters rated 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, October 12, 2012. Topsoil moisture was rated 5 percent very short, 25 percent short, 63 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus.
FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS WEEK ENDING SUNDAY OCTOBER 14, 2012
Ohio farm operators are harvesting corn and soybeans, and planting winter wheat. Dry field conditions have enabled operators to rapidly progress with the harvest of row crops and winter wheat planting.
As of Sunday October 14th, eighty-nine percent of corn was mature, which was 34 percent ahead of last year and 8 percent ahead of the five-year average. Thirty-one percent of the corn was harvested for grain, ahead of last year by 24 percent and the five-year average by seven percent. Eighty-five percent of soybeans were mature, 33 percent ahead of last year and two percent ahead of the five-year average. Soybeans harvested were rated at 38 percent, compared to 17 percent last year and 49 percent for the five-year average. Winter wheat planted was rated at 41 percent, compared to 26 percent last year and 58 percent for the five-year average. Winter wheat emerged was rated at seven percent, three percent ahead of last year, but 13 percent behind the five-year average. Fall and winter apples were 81 percent harvested, ten percent ahead of last year and nine percent ahead of the five-year average. Eighty-eight percent of grapes have been harvested, 25 percent ahead of last year and 14 percent ahead of the five-year average.
CROP AND LIVESTOCK CONDITION
Corn was 50 percent in fair-to-good condition, compared to 49 percent last week. Livestock were 84 percent in fair-to-good condition, up one percent from last week. Range and pasture acreage was 58 percent in fair-to-good condition, compared to 56 percent last week. Soybeans were 66 percent in fair-to-good condition, unchanged from last week.