Ohio’s Crop Progress – August 13th, 2012

OHIO CROP WEATHER HIGHLIGHTS

The average temperature for the State was 71.7 degrees, 0.2 degrees above normal for the week ending Sunday, August 12, 2012.  Precipitation averaged 1.40 inches, 0.52 inches above normal.  There were 132 modified growing degree days, 17 days below normal.

Reporters rated 5.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the seven-day period ending Friday, August 10, 2012.  Topsoil moisture was rated 37 percent very short, 34 percent short, 28 percent adequate, and 1 percent surplus.

FIELD ACTIVITIES AND CROP PROGRESS WEEK ENDING SUNDAY AUGUST 12, 2012

This week’s multiple rain storms and cooler temperatures reduced stress on crops and livestock.  Field activities for the week included the beginning of corn silage and processing tomato harvest.  The fruit, vegetable, and potato harvest continues.  Observations of spider mites have been reported in west central region soybean fields.  Also, western corn root beetles have been identified in traps; however the incidence rate was low.

As of Sunday August 12th, 67 percent of corn was rated in the dough development stage, compared to 26 percent last year and 50 percent for the five-year average.  Corn dented was rated at 22 percent, 20 percent ahead of last year and 14 percent ahead of the five-year average.  Corn for silage was 9 percent harvested, eight percent ahead of last year. The soybean crop was 89 percent setting pods, compared to 39 percent last year and 72 percent for the five-year average.  Seventy-one percent of the third cutting of alfalfa hay was complete, compared to 48 percent last year and 56 percent for the five-year average.  The fourth cutting of alfalfa was 15 percent complete, ten percent ahead of last year and 11 percent ahead of the five-year average.  The second cutting of other hay was 87 percent complete, compared to 83 percent last year and 84 percent for the five-year average.  Twenty-five percent of the third cutting of other hay was complete, compared to 13 percent last year and 18 percent for the five-year average.

CROP AND LIVESTOCK CONDITION

Apples were 53 percent in fair-to-good condition, down two percent from last week.  Corn was 45 percent in fair-to-good condition, down two percent from last week.  Forty-one percent of hay acreage was rated in fair-to-good condition, up one percent from last week.  Livestock were 81 percent in fair-to-good condition, up three percent from last week.  Range and pasture acreage was 32 percent in fair-to-good condition, down one percent from last week.  Soybeans were 63 percent in fair-to-good condition, up six percent from last week.

THE FULL REPORT

 

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