Rain would be welcome in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending August 30th. Statewide soil moisture shortages continue to rise, however crop condition ratings remain virtually unchanged. Some growers noted improvements in crop conditions despite the dry weather, while others said the very dry conditions are becoming a larger concern, particularly where early season wet conditions lead to shallow root systems. Fall-like temperatures are delaying maturity among various crops. Livestock producers have had to supplement with hay as many pastures have been grazed to stubble.
July 13, 2020