Ohio Crop Progress: Soil moisture levels down

Warm and dry conditions continued last week as operators were busy in the fields, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending August 11. Topsoil moisture moved from 38 percent short and very short to 46 percent short and very short last week while subsoil moisture moved from 25 percent short and very short to 33 percent short and very short. Corn and soybean progress continued to lag behind in all categories and could use timely rains for grain fill. Winter wheat harvest wrapped up last week. Oats were also harvested during ideal harvest conditions and surpassed the five-year average. Hay making showed steady progress, but overall progress lagged slightly behind the five-year averages. Conditions were ideal last week across much of the State for spraying weeds, applying fungicides, installing drain tile, mowing, and many other field activities.

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