Predominately hot and dry weather continued this past week, causing crop and livestock conditions to deteriorate across the State, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
There were 6.6 days available for fieldwork for the week ending August 7th. Aside from sporadic shower activity on Friday, very few areas of the State received any rain during the week. Meanwhile, temperatures statewide remained about five degrees above normal for this time of the year. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly 43 percent of the State was rated as in “moderate drought” while another 27 percent was rated “abnormally dry”. Soybeans were progressing, but showing stress due to lack of rain; there were reports of soybeans looking burned in southern counties. In northern counties, growers reported corn stalks starting to fire at the bottom and leaves curling, while hay fields were browning. Oat harvest was nearly complete across the State. Hay second cutting was nearly finished while third cutting was progressing.