More precipitation than usual fell across the entire State last week and again hampered planting progress, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field
There were 2.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending June 2. Temperatures were warmer than normal for the State but rain kept operators out of fields. Corn and soybean planting progress was slowed by wet soils again last week. Wheat and oats headed progress both lagged behind their 5-year averages. Hay and pastures were in good condition but forages could not be cut in many fields due to wet soils. Operators lucky enough to have dry fields were applying manure and spraying when possible.
Nationally as of June 2, 67% of the corn was planted in the top 18 production states compared to the five-year average of 96%. Soybeans were 39% planted in the U.S. compared to the average of 79%.