The State received approximately 1 inch of rain Saturday and Sunday last week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending October 27.
Operators pushed their combines and hauling equipment hard to harvest as much corn and soybeans as possible during the warm temperatures and to beat the rain that arrived over the weekend. Corn harvested completion increased 11 percentage points over last week, but lagged behind the 5-year average by 19 points. The average corn moisture content was 21 percent and remained higher than the 5-year average. Soybeans harvested increased 15 points over last week and only lagged 7 points behind the 5-year average. The average soybean moisture content was 13 percent, the same as the 5-year average.
Winter wheat planted reached 91 percent and remained ahead of the 5-year average. Pasture rated in good to excellent condition decreased slightly and some producers were switching to hay for forage as some pastures were exhausted for the year