Conditions early in the week allowed farmers ample opportunity for planting, but the window was closed again with rains that arrived mid-week. There were 4.7 days available for fieldwork, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Soils dried out and warmed up, offering near ideal planting conditions. Oat emergence also benefitted. Alfalfa fields got a boost but the first cutting is still a way off for most. Pastures recovered from the cold wet spring and are in mostly good to excellent condition. Winds kept spraying to a minimum in some areas. Some growers are concerned about nitrogen loss in fields that were soaked for an extended period of time. Other activity included field tillage and preparation, manure hauling, and cutting cereal grains for silage.