Cooler temperatures and scattered rain events were the norm for most of the State last week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending September 1. Topsoil and subsoil moisture rated adequate and surplus increased from the previous week. Some crops began to show stress from continued rainfall. Warmer temperatures were reportedly needed for some late planted crops. In areas where fields weren’t too wet, producers were able to spray fungicides and herbicides, apply manure, and till prevent plant acres. Although wet conditions hindered crop progress in some areas, rains were generally beneficial to corn and soybean growth. Corn and soybeans rated in good to excellent condition showed a slight increase from the previous week. Alfalfa hay second cutting and oat harvest wrapped up last week. Progress was made in both alfalfa and other hay third cutting and a few producers were able to start alfalfa fourth cutting.