Most of the State received little to no rainfall causing the soils to dry out, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 6.6 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending September 22.
Topsoil and subsoil moisture rated adequate to surplus both saw a 14 percentage point decrease from the previous week. Some crops were experiencing stress from the dry conditions. Crop conditions declined slightly from the previous week while hay and pasture re-growth had slowed. Warm conditions created more opportunities for fieldwork and crop maturity was accelerating. Producers tilled and worked prevent plant acres. There was also some hay making done last week. Corn and soybean harvest had begun and corn silage harvest continued. Winter wheat planting began and was making headway last week.