Warm temperatures accelerated fieldwork despite above average rainfall last week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 4.5 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending July 7. Statewide temperatures averaged approximately 6 degrees above normal. Operators took advantage of rain free days early in the week to plant, and in some cases replant, soybean and corn fields. When the rain did fall, it left ponding in low lying areas of some planted fields, stressing crops. Wheat harvest began in northern Ohio while it continued in southern Ohio. Oats were 76 percent headed last week and harvest was about to begin for some southern Ohio farmers with workable field conditions. Wheat condition remained low as 28 percent of the crop was rated in good to excellent condition, compared with 83 percent last year. Hay harvest progressed quickly as operators hurried to put up their cuttings before the rain fell during the last few days of the week. Livestock were stressed as the temperatures increased and pasture conditions were rated 40 percent good to excellent condition compared with 65 percent last year.