Dry, warm conditions prevailed last week which aided crop progress, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 6.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending September 15.
Crops were progressing rapidly in warmer conditions. Producers started to harvest corn silage last week. Corn silking and soybeans blooming were complete. There was no improvement in corn and soybean conditions. Other hay second cutting was nearly complete. Alfalfa hay fourth cutting made a jump in progress last week but was still behind last year’s pace.
There was very little rain across the State last week and topsoil moisture levels continued to decrease. Crops were maturing well with warm temperatures but rain was needed to improve conditions and pasture regrowth. Dry conditions allowed more opportunities for fieldwork, including tillage, manure management, mowing and spraying.