Once again, much of Ohio received higher than normal amounts of rain last week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office.
There was less than 1 day suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending June 23. Temperatures were slightly below normal levels. Base 50 growing degree days continued to lag for the season. Corn and soybean planted and emerged progress continued to crawl behind their 5-year averages as fields became increasingly saturated. Wheat stands endured scab and other diseases and weed pressure as wet fields were difficult to treat or remained untreated. Hay and other forages continued to be cut slowly.
Condition and quantity was becoming a concern for some livestock producers as some fields remained unavailable for harvest. Pastures moved from 55% good to excellent condition down to 46% due to the wet conditions and increased mud holes created by grazing livestock. Fruit growers were behind on fungus and disease treatments and reported some aborted fruit sets.