Cool, wet weather last week hampered both grain dry down and harvesting, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Temperatures
averaged a few degrees below normal and most areas of the State had some rainfall. There were 4.4 days suitable for 70 fieldwork during the week ending November 24.
Corn was 83% harvested, up 8 points from the previous week. Growers reported average grain moisture content of 20%. This continued to slow harvest as some elevators were shuttering early in the day as dryers were overloaded. On-farm grain dryers ran non-stop as well.
Soybean harvest continued to crawl towards a finish; 93% of Ohio soybeans were harvested. The average moisture content was 14%. Going into December, winter wheat appeared to be in decent shape with growers reporting 52% of the crop in good to excellent condition and 38% in fair condition.
In and amongst harvesting activities, growers were able to apply manure and get some fall tillage completed.
Due to harvest delays this season, NASS will continue publishing harvest statistics in the National Weekly Crop Progress report beyond Nov. 25. Ohio Crop Weather reporters are asked to continue reporting weekly corn and soybean harvest percentages, beginning with the week ending Dec. 1, 2019. These data will be summarized and published in the National release on Dec. 2. NASS will evaluate harvest progress each week to determine how long the weekly reports will continue.
This issue concludes the weekly Ohio reports for the 2019 season. Special thanks to the dedicated County Extension Educators, Farm Service Agency county directors, and farmers and ranchers who supplied the necessary information. Your time and effort made this publication possible and ensured an up-to-date and accurate representation of Ohio agriculture.
Reports will be issued monthly during the winter season. Anticipated release dates for Monthly Crop Weather are: Friday, Jan. 3, 2020; Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020; Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020; and Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Weekly reports will resume in April 2020.