Ohio Crop Progress Archive

Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – May 18th, 2015

Moderate rainfall limited planting for many but above normal temperatures helped advance crops in the ground in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 17th. Most of the state saw some precipitation, with heaviest amounts falling in the northwest. High humidity limited field drying between showers, creating additional obstacles to planting. Pastures and hay benefited from conditions, and some cutting of hay took place where conditions permitted.  Planting of processing tomato planting was underway along with other specialty crops.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – May 11th, 2015

Ideal weather conditions allowed farmers to spend a lot of time in the field in Ohio last week, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 10th. Hay and pastures have greened up, and hay is expected to be cut in the coming weeks. Unusually warm and dry weather allowed farmers the opportunity to plant round the clock last week, and tremendous progress was made. In one week’s time, a season of delays jumped to one that is outpacing the five year average, as corn growers planted an estimated 40% of their acreage. This was the fastest weekly progress since 50 percent of the crop was planted during the week ending May 13, 2007. The current record is 65 percent planted on the week ending May 4, 2003.

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Ohio Crop Progress Report – May 4th, 2015

Warm, dry temperatures allowed farmers to spend a lot of time in the field in Ohio last week, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 3rd. Late week warm temperatures and receding soil moisture surpluses yielded the largest planting opportunities of the season.  Fertilizer application and manure application occurred last week in preparation for planting where soil temperatures were still a little too cool. The ideal weather also favored planting of specialty crops. Apples and peaches are in bloom as well.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – April 27th, 2015

Cool soil temperatures deterred corn planting, even where declining moisture surpluses allowed opportunities for fieldwork in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. There were 1.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 26th. Cold temperatures and frosts did little to alleviate the conditions that have delayed the season. Fertilizer application, chisel plowing and manure application occurred this week in preparation for planting. Pastures and hay fields continued to green up and looked fairly good as spring calving progressed. Fruit producers are uncertain whether the frost will cause damage to the crop this year.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – April 20th, 2015

Muddy fields and rainy weather has continued to delay fieldwork in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. There were 1.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 19th. Rainfall was actually below normal in most areas, but warmer drier weather is needed to reduce the moisture surpluses from wet weather earlier in the season. Some very limited planting of corn occurred in areas with higher elevation and/or lighter soils. Planting of oats advanced, but still lags behind the previous year and five year average. The warm temperatures last week brought on the greening of the wheat, pasture, and hay fields.

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The 2015 corn planting season has begun in Ohio

Extremely wet field conditions are delaying fieldwork in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. There were 0.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 12th. The weather was much wetter than normal, and soil moisture surpluses in both subsoil and topsoil kept most every farmer out of the fields. Wheat, alfalfa and pastures have begun greening up, giving growers opportunities to assess winter damage, which appears to be minimal as long as the fields dry out. Producers noted flooding in low lying fields, and minimal planting activities due to the heavy rains experienced statewide last week.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress – April 6th, 2015

Cool, wet field condition are hindering producers from accomplishing much fieldwork in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. There were 1.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 5th. The weather was slightly cooler and wetter than normal, and soil moisture surpluses and low soil temperatures kept most out of the field. Wheat and pastures began to break dormancy, giving growers opportunities to assess winter damage. Conditions placed some stress on livestock producers as calving and lambing continued in cold, muddy pastures, and manure hauling difficulties persisted. A limited planting of oats occurred on higher and lighter soil. Vegetable planting for growers with high tunnels was underway, but most others occupied themselves with the preparation of equipment and planning for warmer and drier soil.

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Wet, mucky fields complicate Ohio harvest completion

Wet, mucky fields are hindering farmers from completing harvest in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. There were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending November 30th. Average temperatures recorded around the State ranged from 34 to 44 degrees or four degrees below to six degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature was 14 degrees and the highest was 70 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 38.1 degrees, 0.3 degrees cooler than normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.02 to 1.24 inches, with a statewide average of 0.47 inches. The wet, mucky fields are causing concern for farmers who doubt they’ll be able to get the last of their fields harvested.

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Snowy conditions complicate Ohio harvest

Wet, snowy conditions are hindering farmers from wrapping up harvest in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. There were 2.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending November 23rd. Average temperatures recorded around the State ranged from 22 to 33 degrees or eleven to eighteen degrees below normal. The lowest recorded temperature was 6 degrees and the highest was 65 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 27.7 degrees, 12.9 degrees cooler than normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.26 to 1.02 inches, with a statewide average of 0.65 inches. The heavy snowfall, wet conditions, and frozen ground is causing concern for farmers who wonder if they’ll be able to get the last of their fields harvested.

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Harvest nearing completion in Ohio

Cold, dry weather helped dry out the crops that remained in the field last week. According to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region, there were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending November 16. Average temperatures recorded around the State ranged from 34 to 39 degrees or ten degrees below to two degrees below normal. The lowest recorded temperature was 12 degrees and the highest was 72 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 36.3 degrees, 5.0 degrees cooler than normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.01 to 1.17 inches, with a statewide average of 0.77 inches. Farmers are rushing to get the last of the crops harvested as snow has hit the area and is hindering their ability to wrap up harvest.

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Harvest continues in Ohio

Weather conditions were suitable for harvest in Ohio last week. According to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region, there were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending November 9. Average temperatures recorded around the State ranged from 42 to 48 degrees or six degrees below to three degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature was 21 degrees and the highest was 69 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 43.9 degrees, 1.8 degrees cooler than normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.11 to 1.02 inches, with a statewide average of 0.49 inches. Farmers spent the majority of last week harvesting corn and soybeans, and planting winter wheat.

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Drier weather aids Ohio harvest

Weather conditions were favorable for harvest in Ohio last week. According to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region, there were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending November 2. Average temperatures recorded around the State ranged from 45 to 52 degrees or five degrees below to six degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature was 20 degrees and the highest was 81 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 46.6 degrees, 3.5 degrees cooler than normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.12 to 1.22 inches, with a statewide average of 0.48 inches. Farmers spent the majority of last week harvesting corn and soybeans, and planting winter wheat.

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Harvesting continues in Ohio

Drier conditions favored harvest in fields that could handle equipment. According to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region, there were 4.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending October 26. Average temperatures recorded around the State ranged from 46 to 52 degrees or five degrees below to three degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature was 29 degrees and the highest was 75 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 50.1 degrees, 0.3 degrees cooler than normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.00 to 1.18 inches, with a statewide average of 0.30 inches. Corn condition was 77% good to excellent, compared to 85% last year. Soybean condition was 75% good to excellent, compared to 71% last year. Farmers spent the majority of last week harvesting corn and soybeans, and planting winter wheat.

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Drizzly days hinder harvest, slow planting

Wet conditions throughout the state have farmers waiting for soils to dry before harvesting or planting can continue. According to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region, there were 3.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending October 19. Average temperatures recorded around the State ranged from 55 to 62 degrees or even with to eleven degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature was 30 degrees and the highest was 81 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 58.6 degrees, 5.8 degrees warmer than normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.29 to 1.81 inches, with a statewide average of 0.91 inches. Corn condition was 77% good to excellent. Soybean condition was 74% good to excellent. Farmers spent the majority of last week waiting for field conditions to improve so they could continue with harvest, and get winter wheat planted.

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Cool, damp conditions slow Ohio harvest activities

Cool, damp conditions throughout the state have many farmers waiting for crops to dry out before they can pick up harvesting activities again. According to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region, there were 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending October 12. Average temperatures recorded around the State ranged from 48 to 56 degrees or ten degrees below to three degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature was 28 degrees and the highest was 71 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 51.9 degrees, 2.4 degrees cooler than normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.08 to 3.36 inches, with a statewide average of 0.88 inches. Corn condition was 76% good to excellent. Soybean condition was 74% good to excellent. On farm activities for the week included harvesting corn and soybeans, planting wheat, and spreading manure.

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Crop Progress: Rainy Weather Slows Harvest Activities

Heavy rains that occurred later in the week have slowed harvesting activities in the state. According to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region, there were 4.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending October 5. Average temperatures recorded around the State ranged from 56 to 64 degrees or four degrees below to six degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature was 36 degrees and the highest was 87 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 58.1 degrees, 0.1 degree cooler than normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.13 to 1.94 inches, with a statewide average of 0.67 inches. Corn condition was 75% good to excellent. Soybean condition was 72% good to excellent. On farm activities for the week included harvesting soybeans, planting wheat, spreading manure, and finishing hay harvest for the year.

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Conditions promote maturity, harvest in Ohio

Harvest operations spread to more areas of the state, as conditions were favorable for fieldwork. According to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region, there were 6.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending September 28. Average temperatures recorded around the State ranged from 57 to 64 degrees or five degrees below to four degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature was 35 degrees and the highest was 85 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 61.1 degrees, 1.4 degrees warmer than normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.00 to 0.29 inches, with a statewide average of 0.03 inches. Corn matured at a rate slightly behind 2013 and the five year average. The percent of corn harvested is slightly ahead of this time last year. Corn condition was 75% good to excellent compared to 80% at this time last year. Soybean progress has lagged behind both last year and the five year average.… Continue reading

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Favorable weather for farming across Ohio

Hay harvest continued this week, as conditions proved favorable with very little rain. According to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region, there were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending September 21.

Average temperatures recorded around the State ranged from 55 to 65 degrees or nine degrees below to three degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature was 37 degrees and the highest was 85 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 60.2 degrees, 3.4 degrees cooler than normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.00 to 1.01 inch, with a statewide average of 0.25 inches.

Corn matured at a rate slightly behind 2013 and well behind the five year average. Corn condition was 76% good to excellent compared to 79% at this time last year. Soybean progress has lagged behind both last year and the five year average. Soybean condition was 71% good to excellent, compared to 70% at this time last year.… Continue reading

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Farmers in Ohio continue to prepare for harvest

Heavy rainfalls over the week are expected to benefit hay fields, pastures, and some soybeans, but mostly represent an obstacle to dry down and harvest at this point. According to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region, there were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending September 14. Average temperatures recorded around the State ranged from 60 to 68 degrees or eight degrees below to four degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature was 37 degrees and the highest was 87 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 63.3 degrees, 3.7 degrees cooler than normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.08 to 4.26 inches, with a statewide average of 0.93 inches. Corn dented is slightly behind both the previous year and five year average, however, corn mature is slightly ahead of this time last year. Corn condition was 76% good to excellent compared to 78% at this time last year.… Continue reading

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Consistent weather wanted to boost Ohio yields

Producers are hoping warmer conditions and just enough moisture to get crops to a timely harvest. according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region , there were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending September 7. Average temperatures recorded around the State ranged from 70 to 77 degrees or three to ten degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature was 46 degrees and the highest was 95 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 73.0 degrees, 4.4 degrees warmer than normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.04 to 3.42 inches, with a statewide average of 0.88 inches. Corn doughing is right on track with the previous year and five year average, whereas corn dented is slightly behind. Corn condition was 76% good to excellent compared to 80% at this time last year. Soybeans dropping leaves is slightly behind the previous year and five year average. Soybean condition was 71% good to excellent, compared to 72% at this time last year.… Continue reading

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