2024 Ohio Crop Progress Report

Wheat harvest, corn silking ahead of normal

Winter wheat harvest made significant progress last week, with growers reporting average to above average yields, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 2% very short, 34% short, 62% adequate, and 2% surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on July 7 was 73.0 degrees, 1.1 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.90 inches of precipitation, 0.01 inches above average. There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 7.

Farmers reported continued dry conditions in the South. Corn condition was rated 74% good to excellent while soybean condition was rated 73% good to excellent, each up from the previous week. Winter wheat was 88% harvested. Winter wheat crop condition was rated 77% good to excellent, up from the previous week. Oat progress advanced 84% headed and 3% mature. Crop condition for oats was rated 82% good to excellent, up slightly from the previous week.… Continue reading

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Crops improve, Wheat well ahead of average

Southwest Ohio continued to be dry compared to the northern half of the State, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 13 percent very short, 32 percent short, 48 percent adequate, and 7 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on June 30 was 72.7 degrees, 1.5 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 1.1 inches of precipitation, 0.08 inches above average. There were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending June 30.

Farmers reported some much-needed rain in the northern part of Ohio which led to a slowdown in the harvest of wheat. The southern part of the State reported stress to crops with the continued dry conditions. Corn condition was rated 66 percent good to excellent while soybean condition was rated 63 percent good to excellent, each up from the previous week. Winter wheat was 96 percent mature, and 49 percent of the crop was harvested.… Continue reading

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Scorching days lead to parched lands

Conditions turned very dry with extreme heat, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 19 percent very short, 42 percent short, 38 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on June 23 was 80.2 degrees, 9.6 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.41 inches of precipitation, 0.48 inches below average. There were 6.4 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending June 23.

Farmers reported crop stress with the lack of rain and heat conditions. Corn condition was rated 60 percent good to excellent while soybean condition was rated 61 percent good to excellent, each down from the previous week. Winter wheat was 86 percent mature, and 17 percent of the crop was harvested. Winter wheat crop condition was rated 70 percent good to excellent, down from the previous week. Oat progress advanced 43 percent headed.… Continue reading

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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.… Continue reading

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Corn and soybean planting nearing completion

Planting progress continued despite occasional rain showers, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 5% short, 65% adequate, and 30% surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on June 9 was 69.9 degrees, 3.3 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.87 inches of precipitation, 0.04 inches below average. There were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending June 2.

Farmers reported some replanting of soybeans occurred due to slugs. Army worms were reported in some Northern Ohio wheat fields. Corn planting reached 95% complete. Soybean planting reached 88% complete. Emergence reached 85% for corn and 75% for soybeans. Corn condition was rated 80% good to excellent while soybean condition was rated 75% good to excellent, each down from the previous week. Winter wheat was 17% mature. Winter wheat crop condition was rated 69% good to excellent, down from the previous week.… Continue reading

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Crop Progress: More rain, more delays

Rain slowed planting progress across Ohio last week, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 2 percent short, 67 percent adequate, and 31 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on June 2 was 62.9 degrees, 2.0 degrees below normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 1.17 inches of precipitation, 0.12 inches above average. There were 3.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending June 2.

Farmers reported concerns with emerged crops that have been under water possibly needing to be replanted. Where possible farmers were spraying and side dressing corn. Oat planting was winding down. Corn and soybean planting progressed to 90 and 79 percent planted, respectively. Oats were 93 percent planted. Winter wheat was 96 percent headed and winter wheat condition was 71 percent good to excellent. Oats condition was 86 percent good to excellent. Pasture and range condition was rated 88 percent good to excellent.… Continue reading

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More progress in drier week; Apple losses reported

Drier conditions last week allowed many farmers to get back into their fields, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 3 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 25 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on May 26 was 72.1 degrees, 9.0 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.40 inches of precipitation, 0.52 inches below average. There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 26.

Farmers reported the warmer weather had helped to dry soils which promoted planting and hay harvest progress. Corn and soybean planting progressed to 79 and 67 percent planted, respectively. Oats were 88 percent planted. Winter wheat was 88 percent headed and winter wheat condition was 72 percent good to excellent. Oats condition was 73 percent good to excellent. Pasture and range condition was rated 88 percent good to excellent.… Continue reading

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Another wet week brings crop progress closer to average

Despite rain last week, Ohio farmers were still able to makesome planting progress, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 1 percent short, 49 percent adequate, and 50 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on May 19 was 65.9 degrees, 4.9 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.96 inches of precipitation, 0.03 inches above average. There were 2.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 19.

Farmers reported fieldwork and planting was slow with the intermittent rain showers last week. Some haylage was made. Corn and soybean planting progressed to 46 and 41 percent planted, respectively. Planting progress for both crops was behind last year, but ahead of the 5-year average. Oats were 86 percent planted. Winter wheat was 70 percent headed and winter wheat condition was 73 percent good to excellent. Oats condition was 74 percent good to excellent.… Continue reading

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Crop planting ahead of normal

Tornados touched down across the State with damage to houses, barns, hay fields, and livestock, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 1% short, 56% adequate, and 43% surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on May 12 was 61.9 degrees, 3.4 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 1.59 inches of precipitation, 0.80 inches above average. There were 2.0 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 12.

Farmers reported damage from either a direct hit of the tornado or from trees being uprooted or branches breaking off the trees. Corn and soybean planting progressed to 36 and 27% planted, respectively. Oats were 81% planted. Winter wheat was 94% jointed and winter wheat condition was 71% good to excellent. Oats condition was 64% good to excellent. Pasture and range condition was rated 90% good to excellent.… Continue reading

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Planting progresses amidst rain delays

Light but consistent rain showers have kept the soil wet enough to limit fieldwork in some locations, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 3 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 36 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on May 5 was 66.9 degrees, 12.0 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.98 inches of precipitation, 0.09 inches above average. There were 3.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 5.

Rain delays weighed heavily on farmer’s minds. Corn and soybean planting progressed forward to 26 and 20 percent planted, respectively. Oats were 76 percent planted. Winter wheat was 92 percent jointed and winter wheat condition was 71 percent good to excellent. Pasture and range condition was rated 89 percent good to excellent, with greening supported by ample moisture over the previous
month. Farmers reported limited opportunity for planting.… Continue reading

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Major planting progress made this week

The ground continued to dry out and spraying activities were underway, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 2 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 26 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on April 28 was 53.9 degrees, 0.8 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.26 inches of precipitation, 0.47 inches below average. There were 3.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 28.

Farmers reported most areas have dried out apart from somelow areas. Corn and soybean planting progress inched forward to 6 and 7 percent planted, respectively. Oats were 66 percent planted. Winter wheat was 83 percent jointed and winter wheat condition was 69 percent good to excellent. Farmers reported fieldwork continued including tillage, spraying, fertilizing, and planting. Pollination periods for
fruit trees had been very effective.

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Warmer temps spur on fieldwork

Warmer weather and high winds helped to dry ground and allowed for fieldwork to begin, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 1 percent short, 55 percent adequate, and 44 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on April 21 was 57.7 degrees, 5.6 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.55 inches of precipitation, 0.22 inches below average. There were 2 days suitable for
fieldwork during the week ending April 21.

Farmers reported most flooding from earlier in the month had subsided and fields were recovering well. Some fieldwork began including tillage, spraying, fertilizer applications, and some planting. Oats were 27 percent planted. Winter wheat was 69 percent jointed and winter wheat condition was 68 percent good to excellent. Farmers reported nitrogen applications made to wheat made improvements to stand quality. Pastures greened up and were looking lush, and animals have been grazing well.… Continue reading

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Wet conditions continue

Heavy rains last week saturated fields and prevented any large-scale planting activities, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 31% adequate and 69% surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on April 14 was 56.8 degrees, 9.4 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 1.86 10 inches of precipitation, 0.98 inches above average. There were 0.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 14. Farmers reported that with the excess rain, the only field work that could be done was applying herbicide and fertilizing wheat. Oats were 11% planted. Winter wheat was 51% jointed and winter wheat condition was 70% good to excellent. Warmer than normal conditions continued to push fruit crop development.

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Temperamental weather highlights latest Ohio Crop Progress Report

This year’s weather has been temperamental, with temperatures fluctuating wildly between above average to below average over the past few months, according to Ben Torrance, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 32 percent adequate and 68 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on April 7 was 46.3 degrees, 0.3 degrees above normal.

Weather stations recorded an average of 2.67 inches of precipitation, 1.8 inches above average. There were 0.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 7. Precipitation last week left fields saturated and brought fieldwork to a stop. Drier weather settled in towards the end of the week, but most fields remained too wet to hold heavy equipment. Oats were 7 percent planted. Winter wheat was 16 percent jointed and winter wheat condition was 67 percent good to excellent. Fruit trees began blossoming in the northern counties after last week’s light frost.… Continue reading

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