Ohio Crop Progress Archive

Ohio’s Crop Progress — September 25, 2017

Extreme heat and dry conditions over most of Ohio helped push corn and soybeans to maturity last week, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rain was largely confined to the northwestern part of the state with locally heavy spots. There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending September 24, 2017. However stages of corn and soybean maturity still vary widely due to interruptions and setbacks during spring’s wet planting conditions. Growers would also like to see more field drydown of corn before full-swing harvest gets underway. The average moisture content for corn harvested over the week was 26 percent, and the average for soybeans was 14 percent. Conditions were ideal for late season cuttings of hay, but hay fields and pastures are showing signs of stress.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — September 18, 2017

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Limited rain fell over the week, extending a dry spell as growers gear up for harvest, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.6 days available for fieldwork for the week ending September 17, 2017. Very little residual rainfall from Hurricane Irma was available, and most of the state’s rain fell in southern and central Ohio. Temperatures were slightly above normal in the northeast part of the state, and a couple of degrees cooler than normal in the southwest. The harvest of corn silage continued, and farmers began harvesting early maturity soybeans and high moisture corn. However, the wet conditions prevalent at the start of the season that caused planting delays and replanting of many fields has resulted in a lot of variability in maturity stages at this point. Some fields could still benefit from precipitation. Crop condition ratings remained steady, but hay and pasture conditions declined slightly.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — September 11, 2017

Conditions have been mostly dry with the exception of some scattered rain in some counties thorough out the week, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.5 days available for fieldwork for the week ending September 10, 2017. Crops that haven’t reached maturity could still benefit from rain, and the lower temperatures conditions have slowed down crop maturity. The effects of a dry turn after a relatively wet season continue to be evident. Some corn appears to be dying prematurely, most likely from nitrogen loss and shallow roots that were consequences of the extremely wet spring and early summer. Late season weed escapes presented problems in some soybean fields. Hay fields and pastures seem to be doing well considering the lack of rain and lower temperatures. Other activities for the week included apple harvest, hay cutting, manure application on wheat stubble, mowing, and preparation for fall wheat seedings.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — September 5, 2017

Spotty rains last week were expected to improve soybean yields on later planted fields, but for early planted corn and soybean fields, it may have been too little too late, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.4 days available for fieldwork for the week ending September 3, 2017. Overall temperatures remained below normal as daytime highs for the week ranged from the upper 70s to lower 80s, while nighttime lows ranged from the upper 40s to the lower 50s. Rainfall amounts ranged widely across the State with some areas reporting receiving more than two inches of rain during the week while other areas received very little, if any. Areas which have received very little rain have seen crops maturing faster than anticipated. Early planted soybeans were showing signs of yellowing leaves, and in some areas, soybeans development was reported to be at a standstill with pods aborting.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — August 28, 2017

Cooler than normal temperatures and dry conditions were unwelcome for most growers when moisture and warm weather could have helped with grain fill and maturity, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician for the 20 USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 6.3 days available for fieldwork for the week ending August 27th, 2017. Soil moisture shortages grew as rainfall was fairly limited for most of the state. Effects of the extended dry period were evident statewide. Pastures and hay fields were turning brown, corn fired prematurely and some reports of soybean pods aborting were noted. Commercial vegetable harvest continued, and growers had more opportunities to harvest hay.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — August 21, 2017

Temperatures across the state were above normal while most of the state saw very limited precipitation, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending August 20th. While most of the state saw small amounts of rain, some locally heavy rainfalls were observed, mainly in the southwestern and southeastern parts of Ohio. Soil moisture shortages grew over the week in a remarkable change from the wet conditions that prevailed earlier this season. However, topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies are still rated mostly adequate. Corn condition improved slightly and soybean condition was virtually unchanged, but many growers expressed concern over the lack of precipitation during the grain fill period, especially in fields with shallow roots. Widespread opportunities for hay cutting were beneficial, but regrowth prospects were limited. Range and pasture conditions are virtually unchanged but signs of stress are starting to appear there, too.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — August 14th, 2017

Aside from sporadic rainfall, most of the state received little to no rainfall, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending August 13th. For many growers, the drier conditions add additional challenges to an already difficult season. Excessive moisture earlier in the season caused nitrogen loss and delayed critical post emergence operations. Plants that were able to recover have shallow root systems and a diminished capacity for handling dry weather. Crop conditions still vary widely, even within small areas. Oat harvest is neared completion. Weather was favorable for hay, spreading of manure, spraying, and other field work.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress – August 7th, 2017

Drier conditions reduced soil moisture surpluses and temperatures dropped midweek, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National  Agricultural Statistics Service.

There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending August 6th. More farmers were able to return to the fields .

Some weed control measures took place this week along with manure application, fungicide and herbicide spraying, and tillage of wheat fields.

Commercial vegetable harvest continued, as did the baling of Hay. Crop conditions remain stable overall.

A primary concern for many growers was southern rust in corn. Other growers have are concerned about stunted soybeans. Shallow root systems in crops created concerns about adequate and timely precipitation.

The cooler temperatures were not ideal for crop development, but were beneficial to livestock.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — July 31, 2017

Cooler and drier conditions allowed producers to complete some field work and harvest hay, straw, wheat and oats, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 30th. The dry weather was ideal for hay cutting, and the drying of soils made for better growing conditions. Many parts of the state experienced good conditions for the pollination of corn. Crop conditions remain steady, but soybeans are showing stress from earlier floods. There is still a great deal of variability in crop conditions. Central and southern Ohio received more rain on average, and minor localized flooding was observed in these areas. Aerial spraying of fungicide took place in areas where field access was still an issue. Harvest of commercial fruit and vegetable crops continued.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — July 24th, 2017

Continued wet conditions hamper field work

While some areas of the state are still too waterlogged, some areas were dry enough for fieldwork until heavy rains over the weekend, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.There were 3.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 23rd. Some fields are showing damage from too much rain, particularly soybean fields with yellowing and some plant death. Growers were also having difficulty cutting hay, harvesting wheat, spraying fields, and spreading manure. Some growers resorted to aerial application of fungicides and pesticides. Wheat harvest moved closer to completion, but quality issues were found in the wake of the warm wet weather of late.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — July 17, 2017

Continued wet weather with heavy downpour events caused many fields to be lost to standing water and has stalled harvest, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 1.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 16th. Northwest and Central Ohio were drenched by heavy storms. Major rains fell in the vicinity of Hancock, Hardin, Seneca and Wyandot counties on already saturated soils. The Blanchard River near Findlay crested at 16.5 feet, which was three feet above major flood stage. Critical cropland drainage networks were overwhelmed and corn and soybean fields were inundated with water. Reports of Sclerotinia led many growers to scout fields for disease. Winter wheat is still in the fields as wet field conditions has prohibited harvest. Excessive moisture created concerns over head sprout. Pasture and range conditions changed little despite the rains. Farmers delayed manure applications and bailing of straw.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — July 10, 2017

Wet Conditions Hinder Progress

Large rain events were negatively affecting field crops in many parts of the State, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.There were 4.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 9th. Rain throughout the week was beneficial in the Northwest where dry conditions have prevailed, but in central and southern counties, continued rain events have saturated soils and caused ponding in fields, raising concerns of root diseases in corn and soybeans. Hay fields were still reported in good condition, but wet weather challenged growers trying to mowed and bale hay. Producers took advantage of drier weather early in the week to make rapid progress with wheat harvest, but there were reports of lodging in wheat and oats caused by high winds.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — July 5, 2017

Sunshine Followed by More Rain

Dry conditions at the beginning of the week gave way to significant rainfall by the week’s end, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 2nd. Sunny weather and cooler temperatures early in the week were ideal for field work, allowing winter wheat harvest to progress rapidly and remain ahead of the five-year average. Heavy rains on Thursday and Friday saturated fields and stalled harvest progress for wheat, oat and hay producers, especially in northern and western counties. Most reporters continued to indicate that corn and soybean crops were in good to fair condition; some producers reported this week’s rain caused ponding in fields and yellowing of plants due to excess moisture. Other activities for the week included cutting and baling hay, baling straw, applying post- emergent herbicides, side dressing corn, and certifying crops with FSA.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — June 26, 2017

Beneficial Rains Promote Crop Progress 

Rainy weather and warmer temperatures brought relief to many areas, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.There were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 25th. Remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy brought a lot of rain to many parts of the State. The wet weather promoted crop growth, but also weed growth, especially in soybean fields. There were some reports of flooding, saturated soils, and crop damage in the southern and western parts of the State, but overall crop condition continued to look good. Wheat was maturing with the warmer temperatures while harvest continued slowly due to wet weather. Some corn and soybeans had to be replanted due to early wet weather. Other activities for the week included cutting hay, side dressing corn, spraying for pests, and certifying crop acres at county FSA offices.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — Timely Rains Improve Conditions

Sporadic rainfall was conducive for corn growth and pasture rejuvenation, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 18th.Most rains were not excessive and soil moisture levels remained steady. Some parts of the state received over 3 inches of rain where others received none. Warm wet conditions arrived to give recently emerged crops and oats a boost. The temperatures also helped ripen wheat as harvest got underway. Despite rains, growers had opportunities between storms to continue side dressing corn and spraying weeds. Soybean planting and replanting was in its final stages and some hay was cut.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress – Drier Conditions Prevail

A stretch of dry weather allowed growers to catch up on replanting, apply fertilizer and cut hay, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

There were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 11th. Planting of corn and soybeans is nearly complete but some growers postponed planting due to a lack of soil moisture.

Precipitation levels ranged from zero to moderate. Most rain fell in west central, central and east central Ohio. Temperatures were cooler than normal, especially in southern part of the state.

There were also some isolated reports of severe weather and hail damage in the south.

Crop conditions varied widely across the state, due to delays in planting, replanting, and emergence issues.

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Ohio Crop Progress – Planting Nearly Complete

Dry weather brought opportunities for producers to get back into the fields and get some planting done, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 4th. Southern Ohio was the driest while Northeast Ohio got the most rain. Conditions reduced soil moisture surpluses, but some remaining saturated fields, and needs for replanting delayed the completion of corn planting. Corn condition is mostly fair to good, but warm temperatures and opportunities for side dressing is expected to give the crop a boost. Despite dryer conditions producers are still behind on first cutting of hay.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — May 30, 2017

Frequent rains bringing varied totals across the state kept many operators from plating and, in some cases, replanting corn and soybeans, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 1.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 28th . Rains interrupted planting or prevented the drying down needed for some operators to enter fields. Delays and drown-outs left the season in question for some growers. Corn in the ground was mostly in fair to good condition, reflecting the cold, wet weather’s effect on emergence. Winter wheat is in mostly good condition, but all crops would benefit from drier and warmer weather. Those conditions would also help hay producers, who also experienced a delay in cuttings. Pastures seemed to benefit from the wet conditions the most.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — May 22, 2017

High temperatures at the beginning of the week helped dry out fields for some planting but spotty rains toward the end of the week delayed further planting. There were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 21, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA ’ s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Producers were able to plant corn and soybeans before the rain set in but now are experiencing problems with excess moisture. A significant amount of fields had to be replanted, and many farmers had to return to fields to handle soil crusting. Many growers took advantage of a window of opportunity to put up their first cutting of hay.

73% of corn was planted, up from 49% the week before. Corn emerged increased 17% from the week before to 41%.

Soybeans made a big jump at 43% planted, a rise from the 19% of the week before.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — May 15, 2017

Light rains hindered the drying of fields and saturated soil moisture levels were maintained from the previous week’s heavy showers. There were 1.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 14, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The spotty showers prevented producers from making significant progress on planting. Some producers were hoeing corn to help with emergence issues. Cold temperatures caused some frost damage for corn and soybeans. Some producers are concerned that replanting may be necessary. Despite the excess rain, wheat and oats are reported on average to be in good to excellent condition.

Corn planted made a 3% jump in the past week with corn emerged doubling over the last 7 days, nearly in line with the five year average.

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