There were 1.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 18, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region.
Precipitation in areas around the state for the week ranged between 0.81 inches and 4.37 inches, with a state average of 2.26 inches.
Average temperatures in areas around the State ranged from 57 degrees to 66 degrees, with a state average of 60 degrees Fahrenheit. There was a significant amount of rain throughout the State this week, which, along with cool temperatures, kept growers out of their fields for much of the week. Storms brought hail to several areas, though there was only one report of damage to crops. There were some reports of ponding in fields.
While growers were able to make some progress in planting, they are still behind 2013 and the five-year average for both corn and soybeans, largely due to the poor weather slowing fieldwork this week. Emergence is behind as well, due to the lag in planting from the late spring as well as cool temperatures keeping fields from drying out after the heavy rains. Oats planted and emerged have caught up to the five-year average. Winter wheat condition stayed largely the same as the previous week, but has been slow to reach the headed stage with the late spring.