Minimal rain during the previous week enabled farmers to make considerable progress as they harvested row crops and planted winter wheat, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Minimal to nonexistent levels of precipitation were observed in southern and western portions of the State, which contributed to ongoing soil dryness. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 20 percent very short, 11 percent short, 66 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending October 2 was 53.7 degrees, 6.2 degrees below normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.51 inches of precipitation, 0.20 inches below average. There were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending October 2.
Corn dented progress was 93 percent complete, 59 percent of the crop was mature, and 7 percent of corn was harvested for grain. Corn harvested for silage was 85 percent complete. Corn condition was rated 64 percent good to excellent. Soybeans dropping leaves reached 84 percent and 13 percent of soybeans were harvested. Sixty-four percent of soybean plants were reported as being in good to excellent condition. Second cuttings of other dry hay were 94 percent complete. Third cuttings of other dry hay were 73 percent complete. Fourth cuttings of alfalfa hay were 76 percent complete. Winter Wheat was 17 percent planted. Pasture and range condition was reported as 73 percent good to excellent, up from the previous week.
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