OHIO CROP WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS
The average temperature for the State was 48.2 degrees, 0.1 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, April 15, 2012. Precipitation
averaged 0.49 inches, 0.40 inches below normal. There were 41 modified growing degree days, 1 day above normal.
Reporters rated 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, April 13, 2012. Topsoil moisture was rated 2
percent very short, 17 percent short, 73 percent adequate, and 8 percent surplus.
FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS WEEK ENDING SUNDAY APRIL 15th 2012
Temperatures for the State were slightly above normal for the week, with the exception of 2-3 nights below freezing; and precipitation
for the State was below normal. Freezing night temperatures recorded throughout the state may negatively impact this year’s apples, peach, and alfalfa hay crops. Other field activities for the week include field application of fertilizers and manure, tilling ground, planting corn and soybeans, and protecting fruit crops from freezing temperatures.
As of Sunday April 15th, corn planted for grain was 10 percent complete, compared to 2 percent last week and 1 percent for the
five-year average. Winter wheat jointed was rated at 29 percent, ahead of both last year and the five-year average by 17 and 16 percent, respectively. Sixty percent of Oats acreage has been planted throughout the State, 49 percent ahead of last year and 35 percent ahead of the five-year average. Oats emerged were rated at 21 percent, compared to 1 percent last year and 3 percent for the five-year average. Intended potato acreage was 20 percent planted, 19 points ahead of last year and 9 percent ahead of the five-year average. Apples at green tip or beyond were rated at 87 percent, compared to 34 percent last year and 46 percent for the five-year average. Apples at full bloom or beyond were rated at 50 percent, compared to 6 percent for the five-year average. Peaches at green tip or beyond were rated at 86 percent, 51 points ahead of last year
and 40 points ahead of the five-year average. Peaches at full bloom or beyond were rated at 61 percent, compared to 11 percent for the five-year average.
CROP AND LIVESTOCK CONDITION
Apples were 77 percent in fair-to-good condition, 11 points behind last week. Peaches were 68 percent in fair-to-good condition, down from
85 points last week. Hay was 85 percent in fair-to-good condition, up five percentage points from last week. Livestock were 79 percent in fair-to-good condition, unchanged from last week. Seventy-five percent of range and pasture acreage were rated in fair-to-good condition, up 4 percentage points from last week. Seventy-one percent of winter wheat was in fair-to-good condition, down 1 percentage point from last week.