Most of the State received warmer than normal temperatures and less than normal rainfall, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending October 13.
Weather stations in the south and southeastern portions of the State reported almost 2 inches of rainfall on average, while the rest of the State received less than half an inch on average. Pasture condition rated good to excellent fell 4 percentage points, due to mostly warm, dry weather while 3rd cuttings of hay wrapped up and 4th cuttings of hay progressed rapidly.
A majority of corn reached mature status although harvest moved slowly, advancing only 5 percentage point increase from last week. Harvest progress trailed the 5-year average by 11 points. Soybeans harvested jumped 18 percentage points and trailed the 5-year average by 12 points. Corn saw a 1 percentage point increase in good to excellent condition rating while soybeans saw a 1 percentage point decrease. Winter wheat continued to outpace 5-year average measures for planting and emergence due to open fields of prevented acres and good planting conditions.