2021 Ohio Crop Progress Update

Corn and soybean harvest still not wrapped up

Ohio corn and soybean harvests crawled along last week and were hampered by cold, wet soil that wouldn’t support harvest equipment, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. The average temperature for the week was 34.2 degrees Fahrenheit, 4.9 degrees below normal. The statewide average precipitation was 0.42 inches, 0.44 inches below normal. There were 3.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending November 28.

Ohio farmers were wrapping up harvest season. Some farmers completed harvest while others still had some corn and soybeans needing to be harvested. Corn and soybean harvest were both behind last year and the 5-year average.

Reports will be issued monthly during the winter season and will be available at www.nass.usda.gov.

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Harvest progress slowed by cold, wet conditions

Ohio corn and soybean harvests were hampered by cold, wet field conditions, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. The average temperature for the week was 40.5 degrees Fahrenheit, 0.7 degrees below normal. The statewide average precipitation was 0.56 inches, 0.07 inches below normal. There were 3.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending November 21.

Ohio farmers made very slow progress last week due to wet fields that were slow to dry because of cold weather. Corn for grain harvest continued to trend near the 5-year average. Soybean harvest was behind both last year and the 5-year average. Farmers with crops left to harvest said the remaining harvest will be long and slow due to predicted weather. Cold, wet weather that accompanied late planted wheat made for stands that were in worse condition than this time last year.

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Harvest progress near 5-year average

Ohio corn and soybean producers made good harvest progress last week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. The average temperature for the week was 46.6 degrees Fahrenheit, 4.4 degrees above normal. The statewide average precipitation was 0.57 inches, 0.23 inches below normal. There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Nov. 14.

Ohio farmers made good harvest progress when they could get back into fields last week. Corn harvest was slightly ahead of last year and on pace with the 5-year average. Soybean harvest progress still lagged both last year and the 5-year average. Many farmers had completed harvest. Snow showers arrived on Sunday in the northern part of the State.

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Dry weather helped move harvest progress forward

A much needed dry week allowed Ohio corn and soybean producers to make some harvest progress last week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. The average temperature for the week was 41.2 degrees Fahenheit, 5.9 degrees below normal. The statewide average precipitation was 0.01 inches, 0.73 inches below normal. There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Nov. 7.

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Killing frosts arrived last week. Combines were able to get back into fields in Ohio late last week after a very wet October. Corn harvest progress was ahead of last year but still behind the 5-year average. Soybean harvest progress remained behind both last year and the 5-year average. Double-crop soybeans were being harvested. The window for planting winter wheat was closing quickly with some farmers saying they will not plant any wheat or plant as much as they had intended.

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Soggy fields slow harvest

Rain again delayed corn and soybean harvests in Ohio last week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. The average temperature for the week was 51.8 degrees Fahrenheit, 2.0 degrees above normal for the State. The statewide average precipitation was 2.22 inches, 1.78 inches above normal. There were 2.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending October 31.

Very soggy conditions kept combines out of the fields most of last week. There was a very small window where crops could be harvested and some growers were able to get some corn and soybeans harvested. Corn and soybean harvest are both behind their respective 5-year averages. Ponding in some winter wheat fields caused drowned out spots. Wheat planting is far behind both last year and the 5-year averages. Some growers may not get intended wheat planted in time due to wet conditions. Low lying pasture conditions deteriorated.… Continue reading

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Rains hinder field work, wheat planting falling behind

In what has become a theme for 2021’s harvest, Ohio corn and soybean harvests were hampered by rains last week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. The average temperature for the week was 54.2 degrees Fahrenheit, 3.8 degrees above normal for the State. The statewide average precipitation was 0.59 inches, 0.04 inches below normal. There were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending October 24.

Both corn and soybean harvests were hampered by soggy fields last week. There was a window of good harvesting weather mid-week and Ohio farmers were able to run combines heavily during that time. Corn harvest is now outpacing last year and is on-par with the 5-year average. Soybean harvest is nearly on-pace with last year and the 5-year average. Storms very late in the week last week will again delay combines for a few days while farmers wait for drier conditions.… Continue reading

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Rain halted major harvest progress

Late week rains brought Ohio field crop harvest to a halt, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. The average temperature for the week was 64.2 degrees Fahrenheit, 9.2 degrees above normal for the State. The statewide average precipitation was 1.72 inches, 1.1 inches above normal. There were 4.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending Oct. 17.

Both corn and soybean harvest continued unabated until late in the week when rainfall kept harvesting equipment out of fields. Even with favorable conditions early in the week, corn and soybean harvest progress now lag the 5-year average. The short-term forecast appeared good with above average temperatures and little rain which should allow farmers to return to harvest soon. Wet weather that prevented harvest also delayed winter wheat planting. Less than 60% of the winter wheat crop has been planted, behind both last year and the 5-year average.… Continue reading

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Corn harvest on track, soybeans behind

Ohio farmers were able to make some harvest progress last week prior to late week rains which slowed progress, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Temperatures were far above average all week which aided crop dry down and also benefitted hay and pasture regrowth. There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork.

Despite rains that slowed harvest late in the week, Ohio farmers were able to keep pace with the 5-year average for corn for grain harvest. In spite of the soybean crop being largely ready for harvest, only 33 percent of the crop was out of fields which is behind both last year and the 5-year average. Both corn and soybean harvest progressed largely without trouble. Growers looked forward to the week ahead which seemed to present a more favorable weather window for harvesting. Waits at elevators have not been troublesome thus far though some growers expressed concerns that once harvest began full bore, the larger crop would bring long lines at elevators.… Continue reading

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Harvest picks up the pace

An early fall week with daytime temperatures in the mid70 degree range allowed farmers to get a good jump on fall harvest and winter wheat planting, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork.

Farmers were able to keep pace with the 5-year corn harvested for grain average with 11 percent of Ohio corn harvested to date. Corn for silage harvest was nearly complete. Soybean harvest was slightly ahead of the 5- year average. Farmers reported an exceptionally nice week weather-wise with favorable temperatures that benefitted livestock. Grain moisture contents were averaging on the lower side for this time of the year due to a drier fall. Fields were maturing rapidly. Second crop soybean leaves were beginning to drop.

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Corn harvest on track, beans falling behind

A week punctuated by very wet weather slowed fieldwork, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Both topsoil and subsoil moisture levels increased last week as nearly all areas of Ohio received above average precipitation. The State averaged 2.12 inches of rain last week, 0.84 inches more than normal. Some areas received significantly more precipitation. Even though temperatures last week were more temperate, they were 3.1 degrees above normal. There were 2.8 days suitable for fieldwork.

Despite a rainy week, farmers were able to continue to harvest a few corn and soybean fields early in the week.
Farmers did not anticipate being kept out of fields for long as soil conditions prior to last week’s rains were dry. Corn
silage harvest continued to march towards finish; Eighty-three percent of the silage acres had been harvested to date. Hay and pasture regrowth will benefit from last week’s rain.… Continue reading

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More warm, dry weather pushing crop progress

Another warm, dry week facilitated grain dry down in those fields that had matured, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Both topsoil and subsoil moisture levels fell again last week due to above average temperatures and below average rainfall. Temperatures for the week ending Sept. 19 were 8.2 degrees above normal. The State averaged 0.38 inches of rain, 0.43 inches below normal. There were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork. 

Early corn and soybean harvest began in earnest under favorable conditions. Moisture levels were good in this early harvested grain; most required little time in the dryer. Large scale harvest was anticipated to begin in about a week in most areas. Corn silage harvest continued. Corn and soybeans remained in good shape going into harvest. Seventy-four percent of Ohio corn was rated in good to excellent condition, up 4 points from last week. Hay and pasture needed precipitation for regrowth.… Continue reading

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Warm, dry weather moving crops toward harvest

A warm, dry week pushed corn and soybeans towards harvest, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. With little precipitation and higher than average temperatures, both subsoil and topsoil moisture levels fell last week. Temperatures for the week ending September 12 were 0.3 degrees above normal. The State averaged just 0.16 inches of precipitation, 0.46 inches below normal. There were 6.5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending September 12. 

Twenty-eight percent of corn was mature, 8 points higher than the 5-year average. There were reports of some farmers beginning to shell corn with test weights reported as very good. Large scale harvest was still a few weeks off. Silage harvest was in full swing. Thirty percent of Ohio soybeans were dropped leaves, 5 points higher than the 5-year average. Hay and pastures needed additional precipitation for regrowth. Fall armyworms were problematic in some hay fields. … Continue reading

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Temperate weather and precipitation

Cooler temperatures coupled with rainfall made for a pleasant week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Soil moisture levels remained conducive to crop needs with 72% of Ohio topsoil rated adequate to surplus, up 8 points from last week. Temperatures for the week ending September 5 were 1.4 degrees above normal, while the State averaged 1.45 inches of precipitation, 0.63 inches above normal. There were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending September 5.

Livestock enjoyed the cooler weather and lower humidity last week. Fall army worms were troublesome in some hay fields last week and caused losses for some farmers. Tomatoes harvested for the processing market and corn silage harvest were in full swing. Corn and soybeans were maturing rapidly. Seventy-three percent of Ohio corn was in or past dent, 19% more than the 5-year average.

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Dry, hot conditions continue

Small amounts of rain provided some relief to crops and livestock during a mostly hot, dry week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 64% adequate to surplus, down 8 percentage points from the previous week. Temperatures for the week ending August 29 were 7.5 degrees above historical normals, while the entire State averaged 0.71 inches of precipitation. There were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending August 29.

Livestock were in good condition but were beginning to get slightly stressed due to heat and humidity. Alfalfa hay third cut progress was 81% complete. Eighty- seven percent of corn was in or through dough and 54% of the crop was dented. Corn condition was rated 77% good to excellent. Soybeans blooming progress was at 94% complete and 89% of soybeans were setting pods. Soybeans were rated 68% good to excellent condition. … Continue reading

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Warm weather pushes crop toward harvest

Last week’s warm weather aided crop development according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Rainfall was above average in all areas of the State except the Northwest, where it was lower than normal. The above average temperatures and below average rainfall there caused crop stress in some fields, especially those on lighter ground. Eastern Ohio received excess rain from the remnants of tropical storm Fred. Temperatures for the week ending August 22 were 2.9 degrees above normal. Statewide precipitation averaged 1.26 inches, 0.31 inches above normal. There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending August 22. Of the state’s topsoil moisture, 25% was rated Short and 3% was Very Short.

Farmers sprayed crops, hauled grain and manure, made hay and chopped silage. Alfalfa hay third cut was 74% complete. Eighty-one percent of Ohio corn was in or through dough and 38% of the crop was dented.… Continue reading

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Corn and beans outpacing 2020 crop progress

Thunderstorms during the week brought much-needed rain which benefitted crop development, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 80 percent adequate to surplus, up 5 percentage points from the previous week. Temperatures for the week ending August 15 were 6.1 degrees above historical normals, while the entire State averaged 1.37 inches of precipitation. There were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending August 15.

Farmers sprayed crops, hauled grain and manure, and made hay. Alfalfa hay second cut was complete while alfalfa hay third cut was 65 percent complete. Oat harvest was 97 percent complete. Corn sinking progress was rated 94 percent complete and corn dough was rated 68 percent complete. Corn condition was rated 81 percent good to excellent. Soybeans blooming was rated 92 percent complete while 80 percent of soybeans were setting pods. Soybeans condition was rated 73 percent good to excellent.… Continue reading

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Crop progress still ahead of last year

Dry weather throughout the week benefited crops in some areas of the State but caused moisture stress in other areas, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 75 percent adequate to surplus, down 11 percentage points from the previous week. Temperatures for the week ending August 8 were 1.6 degrees below historical normals, while the entire State averaged 0.40 inches of precipitation. There were 6.2 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending August 8.

Farmers sprayed crops and mowed wheat stubble. Winter wheat harvest was complete. Alfalfa hay second cut progress was 97 percent complete while third cut was 55 percent complete. Oat harvest was 94 percent complete. Corn silking progress was rated 93 percent complete and corn dough was rated 51 percent complete. Corn condition was rated 80 percent good to excellent. Soybeans blooming was rated 90 percent complete while 72 percent of soybeans were setting pods.… Continue reading

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Crops outpace average

Crop conditions improved over the past week with somewhat drier weather, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 86 percent adequate to
surplus, down 8 percentage points from the previous week. Temperatures for the week ending August 1 were 0.9 degrees above historical normals, while the entire State averaged 0.37 inches of precipitation. There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending August 1.

Farmers applied fungicides and herbicides throughout the week. Winter wheat harvest was 98 percent complete. There were reports of tornadoes in the eastern part of the State, bringing power outages and property damage; no loss of livestock was reported. Alfalfa hay second cut progress was 93 percent complete. Oat harvest was 79 percent complete and oats condition was rated 73 percent good to excellent. Corn silking progress was rated 88 percent complete while corn condition was rated 80 percent good to excellent.… Continue reading

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Crop progress ahead of last year, average

A dry work week was followed by heavy rains across much of the state by the weekend, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 94 percent adequate to surplus, down 2 percentage points from the previous week. Temperatures for the week ending July 25 were 2 degrees below historical normals, while the entire State averaged 0.54 inches of precipitation. There were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 25.

Farmers harvested wheat and cut hay as weather permitted. Winter wheat harvest was 94 percent complete. Alfalfa hay second cut progress was 84 percent complete. Oat harvest was 55 percent complete and oats condition was rated 70 percent good to excellent. Corn silking progress was rated 72 percent complete while corn condition was rated 76 percent good to excellent. Soybeans blooming was rated 75 percent and soybeans condition was rated 68 percent good to excellent.… Continue reading

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Rains boost Ohio crop progress

Precipitation continued throughout the week, with corn benefitting from the weather conditions, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 96 percent adequate to surplus, up 9 percentage points from the previous week. Temperatures for the week ending July 18 were 2 degrees higher than historical normals, while the entire State averaged 2.62 inches of precipitation. There were 2.2 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 18.

Farmers applied fungicide and baled straw as field conditions allowed. Winter wheat harvest was 84 percent complete. Oat harvest was 30 percent complete and oats condition was rated 70 percent good to excellent. Corn silking progress was rated 42 percent complete while corn condition was rated 75 percent good to excellent. Soybeans blooming was rated 60 percent and soybeans condition was rated 67 percent good to excellent. Pasture and range condition was rated 82 percent good to excellent, but wet weather slowed hay harvest.… Continue reading

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