Harvest Continued Between Rainfall
Rain fell across the State at the start and end of last week and temperatures remained cooler than normal according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending October 28. Fields dried out enough for fieldwork and harvesting in the middle of the week, but the topsoil moisture moved from 10 percent surplus to 19 percent surplus after Sunday’s heavy rainfall. Corn and Soybean combines moved quickly as the harvested progress increased 17 percentage points for both crops last week. Corn harvest progress remained ahead of the 5-year average while the soybean harvest progress still lagged slightly behind the 5-year average. Winter wheat planting and emergence both continued slightly behind the 5-year average pace and the crop was rated 79 percent good to excellent condition. The earlier planted stands of wheat reportedly have emerged healthy and in good color while the later planted stands were a bit more uneven. The average moisture content of corn harvested last week dropped 1 percent to 17 percent and the average for soybeans also dropped 1 percent to 13 percent due to dry weather in the middle of the week.