Ohio’s Crop Progress — July 25th, 2016

Spotty statewide brought relief to some, but left many others to contend with the effects of continued hot and dry weather, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 6.3 days available for fieldwork for the week ending July 24th . The only crop benefitting from conditions was oats, where lack of rainfall kept disease at bay and sped harvest well ahead of the five year average. Conditions favored cutting and baling of dry hay, but did little for regrowth and yields. Many livestock producers have been feeding hay as well, creating concerns for a potential hay shortage during the upcoming winter. Wheat harvest concluded for all but a few fields. The harsh conditions were reflected in condition ratings. Corn rated good to excellent fell to 60 percent from 64 percent last week. Leaf rolling was a common sight, and early firing of stalks was observed in some areas, possibly due to the nitrogen loss experienced during the wet spring. Soybean condition registered less of an effect dropping to 64 percent from 66 percent last week. Worse declines were seen in pasture and hay. Harvest and marketing of fresh market vegetables was underway.

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