Winter wheat harvest has started

Warm, dry weather last week dried soils and allowed for farmers to nearly finish planting, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 10% very short, 37% short, 49% adequate, and 4% surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on June 16 was 67.4 degrees, 1.8 degrees below normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.11 inches of precipitation, 0.85 inches below average. There were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending June 16.

Farmers were side dressing corn and applied herbicides to corn and soybean fields. A few soybean fields were replanted due to slug damage. Winter wheat harvest began in earnest, and hay harvest was in full swing. Soybean planting reached 95% complete. Emergence reached 94% for corn and 85% for soybeans. Corn condition was rated 73% good to excellent while soybean condition was rated 70% good to excellent, each down from the previous week. Winter wheat was 52% mature. Winter wheat crop condition was rated 73% good to excellent, up from the previous week. Oat progress advanced to 95% emerged and 28% headed. Crop condition for oats was rated 93% good to excellent, which was the same as the previous week. First cuttings of alfalfa and other dry hay were 94% and 82% completed, respectively. Pasture and range condition was rated 78% good to excellent. Farmers reported vegetable crop production continued with the planting of processing cucumbers. Cabbage planting was completed. Strawberry harvest was winding down.

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Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 69 percent adequate, and 24 percent surplus. The Ohio Crop Progress report is made possible by @agrispraydrones

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