Ohio Crop Progress Archive

Wheat harvest ahead of last year, average

Continued hot and dry weather raised concerns among some farmers about deteriorating crop conditions, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 17 percent very short, 49 percent short, 33 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending July 3 was 72.1 degrees, 0.7 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.41 inches of precipitation, 0.76 inches below average. There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending on July 3.

Reporters across the State indicated that corn and soybean crops are displaying signs of stress, a consequence of continued below-average precipitation. Corn and soybean conditions declined slightly from the previous week. Livestock were in good condition. Corn had yet to advance to the silking stage. Soybeans were 95 percent emerged and 5 percent of plants were blooming. Oats were 82 percent headed.… Continue reading

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Soybean emergence trails average, some planting remains

While temperatures and humidity levels soared, farmers all but completed the last of their intended plantings, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 1 percent very short, 6 percent short, 72 percent adequate, and 21 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending June 19 was 75.0 degrees, 4.7 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 1.11 inches of precipitation, 0.14 inches above average. There were 3.8 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending on June 19.

Strong storms early in the week harmed some crops, with reports of corn, wheat, alfalfa, and hay being flattened by roaring winds. Farmers reported limited replanting necessitated by excess rainfall, high winds, and subsequent soil crusting. Livestock demonstrated fatigue stemming from the heat and humidity. Corn was 97 percent planted, and 88 percent of corn had emerged. Soybean planting progress was 90 percent complete, while 74 percent were emerged.… Continue reading

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Crop progress remains just ahead of average, trails last year

Farmers made strides towards completing key plantings while they contended with wet conditions, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 1 percent short, 57 percent adequate, and 42 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending June 12 was 67.5 degrees, 0.4 degrees below normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 1.74 inches of precipitation, 0.79 inches above average. There were 2.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending on June 12.

Excessive rains brought weekly precipitation levels as high as 300% of weekly average totals across the State’s northwest and south. Reporters in the State’s east indicated that waterlogged soils may necessitate some corn and soybean replanting. Livestock enjoyed good pasture conditions. Other fieldwork activities for the week included herbicide application, side-dressing corn, and mowing. Corn was 93 percent planted, and 80 percent of corn had emerged. Soybean planting progress was 80 percent complete, while 63 percent were emerged.… Continue reading

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Planting continues to lag last year, hovers near average

Farmers rushed to plant during last week’s warm and sunny conditions, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 1 percent very short, 2 percent short, 64 percent adequate, and 33 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending June 5 was 71.7 degrees, 6.1 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.58 inches of precipitation, 0.38 inches below average.
There were 3.9 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending on June 5.

Good weather permitted farmers to make significant corn and soybean planting progress last week. Livestock enjoyed pastures still green from the wet spring in most areas, though the week’s dryness contributed to limited reports of increasingly parched pastures. Corn was 85 percent planted, and 65 percent of corn had emerged. Soybean planting progress was 71 percent complete, while 47 percent were emerged. Oats were 99 percent planted and 93 percent of oats were emerged.… Continue reading

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Planting progress catches average, trails last year

Excessive soil moisture continued to delay planting and fieldwork, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 1 percent short, 52 percent adequate, and 47 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending May 29 was 63.3 degrees, 0.1 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 1.19 inches of precipitation, 0.14 inches below average, with late-week rain saturating fields and generating runoff. There were 2.4 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending on May 29.

Farmers described inadequate opportunities for fields to dry, with some areas of the State reporting ponding. Livestock were doing well in pasture, benefitting from moderate temperatures and green grass. Corn was 72 percent planted, and 51 percent of corn had emerged. Soybean planting progress was 56 percent, while 29 percent were emerged. Oats were 96 percent planted and 86 percent of oats were emerged.… Continue reading

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Over half of Ohio’s corn crop planted

Farmers took advantage of planting opportunities in between rain events, according to Cheryl Turner, 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 May 22 was 67.0 degrees, 4.6 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 1.73 inches of precipitation, 0.92 inches above average, with the largest amount of precipitation falling across the Central Lowland region. There were 3.2 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending on May 22.

Farmers described fieldwork activities as including tillage, planting, and applying manure but reported disruptions stemming from early- and late-week rain and wind. Livestock were in favorable condition, benefitting from green grass and warm temperatures. Corn was 52 percent planted, and 24 percent of corn had emerged. Soybean planting progress was 36 percent, while 12 percent were emerged. Oats were 90 percent planted and 72 percent of oats were emerged.… Continue reading

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Rain means slow going for planting season

Excessive rainfall continued to slow planting progress, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 40 percent adequate and 60 percent surplus. The average temperature for the week ending May 8 was 56.4 degrees, 0.5 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 2.11 inches of precipitation, 1.23 inches above average. There were 1.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending May 8.

Wet weather saturated fields, limiting planting by row crop producers. Livestock were reported to be doing well in pastures. Corn was 5 percent planted, behind 26 percent last year. Soybean planting progress was 4 percent, down from the previous year’s progress of 20 percent. Oats were 53 percent planted and 26 percent of oats were emerged. Winter wheat jointing was 68 percent while the winter wheat crop was rated 56 percent good to excellent condition, down from last week.… Continue reading

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Cool wet weather keeps planters in the shed

Cold temperatures and wet conditions limited pasture growth and hindered fieldwork, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 57 percent adequate and 43 percent surplus. Temperatures for the week ending April 10 averaged 0.6 degrees below historical normals and the state received 0.84 inches of precipitation. There were 1.1 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 10.

Limited field activities included installing drainage tile and applying fertilizer as conditions allowed. While lambing and calving reports indicated no major issues, some livestock challenges were reported due to the variable weather conditions. Oats were 11 percent planted compared to 36 percent last year. Winter wheat jointing was 6 percent while the winter wheat crop was rated 62 percent good to excellent condition.

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Temperatures below average as Ohio Crop Progress reports begin

The 2022 growing season began with slightly cooler and drier conditions than the start of last year’s growing season, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 1 percent very short, 1 percent short, 61 percent adequate, and 37 percent surplus. Temperatures for the week ending April 3 averaged 7.8 degrees below historical normals and the State received 0.25 inches of precipitation. There were 1.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending April 3.

To start the season, producers top dressed wheat and spread lime. Cattle were doing well while some goats and sheep were being kept off pastures due to weather conditions and temperatures. Oats were 3 percent planted compared to 8 percent last year. Winter wheat jointing was 2 percent while the winter wheat crop was rated 54 percent good to excellent condition.

This is the first weekly crop and weather report for the 2022 season.… Continue reading

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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.

For more for the final Crop Progress Report of 2021, click here.… Continue reading

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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.

For more from this week’s report, click here.… Continue reading

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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.

For more from this week’s report, click here.… Continue reading

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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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