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2017 Ohio Crop Progress Update

Ohio’s Crop Progress — July 5, 2017

Sunshine Followed by More Rain

Dry conditions at the beginning of the week gave way to significant rainfall by the week’s end, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 2nd. Sunny weather and cooler temperatures early in the week were ideal for field work, allowing winter wheat harvest to progress rapidly and remain ahead of the five-year average. Heavy rains on Thursday and Friday saturated fields and stalled harvest progress for wheat, oat and hay producers, especially in northern and western counties. Most reporters continued to indicate that corn and soybean crops were in good to fair condition; some producers reported this week’s rain caused ponding in fields and yellowing of plants due to excess moisture. Other activities for the week included cutting and baling hay, baling straw, applying post- emergent herbicides, side dressing corn, and certifying crops with FSA.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — June 26, 2017

Beneficial Rains Promote Crop Progress 

Rainy weather and warmer temperatures brought relief to many areas, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.There were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 25th. Remnants of Tropical Storm Cindy brought a lot of rain to many parts of the State. The wet weather promoted crop growth, but also weed growth, especially in soybean fields. There were some reports of flooding, saturated soils, and crop damage in the southern and western parts of the State, but overall crop condition continued to look good. Wheat was maturing with the warmer temperatures while harvest continued slowly due to wet weather. Some corn and soybeans had to be replanted due to early wet weather. Other activities for the week included cutting hay, side dressing corn, spraying for pests, and certifying crop acres at county FSA offices.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — Timely Rains Improve Conditions

Sporadic rainfall was conducive for corn growth and pasture rejuvenation, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 18th.Most rains were not excessive and soil moisture levels remained steady. Some parts of the state received over 3 inches of rain where others received none. Warm wet conditions arrived to give recently emerged crops and oats a boost. The temperatures also helped ripen wheat as harvest got underway. Despite rains, growers had opportunities between storms to continue side dressing corn and spraying weeds. Soybean planting and replanting was in its final stages and some hay was cut.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress – Drier Conditions Prevail

A stretch of dry weather allowed growers to catch up on replanting, apply fertilizer and cut hay, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

There were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 11th. Planting of corn and soybeans is nearly complete but some growers postponed planting due to a lack of soil moisture.

Precipitation levels ranged from zero to moderate. Most rain fell in west central, central and east central Ohio. Temperatures were cooler than normal, especially in southern part of the state.

There were also some isolated reports of severe weather and hail damage in the south.

Crop conditions varied widely across the state, due to delays in planting, replanting, and emergence issues.

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Ohio Crop Progress – Planting Nearly Complete

Dry weather brought opportunities for producers to get back into the fields and get some planting done, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 4th. Southern Ohio was the driest while Northeast Ohio got the most rain. Conditions reduced soil moisture surpluses, but some remaining saturated fields, and needs for replanting delayed the completion of corn planting. Corn condition is mostly fair to good, but warm temperatures and opportunities for side dressing is expected to give the crop a boost. Despite dryer conditions producers are still behind on first cutting of hay.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — May 30, 2017

Frequent rains bringing varied totals across the state kept many operators from plating and, in some cases, replanting corn and soybeans, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 1.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 28th . Rains interrupted planting or prevented the drying down needed for some operators to enter fields. Delays and drown-outs left the season in question for some growers. Corn in the ground was mostly in fair to good condition, reflecting the cold, wet weather’s effect on emergence. Winter wheat is in mostly good condition, but all crops would benefit from drier and warmer weather. Those conditions would also help hay producers, who also experienced a delay in cuttings. Pastures seemed to benefit from the wet conditions the most.

82% of corn is planted while 62% of corn is emerged. Soybeans are at 54% planted and 35% emerged.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — May 22, 2017

High temperatures at the beginning of the week helped dry out fields for some planting but spotty rains toward the end of the week delayed further planting. There were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 21, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA ’ s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Producers were able to plant corn and soybeans before the rain set in but now are experiencing problems with excess moisture. A significant amount of fields had to be replanted, and many farmers had to return to fields to handle soil crusting. Many growers took advantage of a window of opportunity to put up their first cutting of hay.

73% of corn was planted, up from 49% the week before. Corn emerged increased 17% from the week before to 41%.

Soybeans made a big jump at 43% planted, a rise from the 19% of the week before.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — May 15, 2017

Light rains hindered the drying of fields and saturated soil moisture levels were maintained from the previous week’s heavy showers. There were 1.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 14, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The spotty showers prevented producers from making significant progress on planting. Some producers were hoeing corn to help with emergence issues. Cold temperatures caused some frost damage for corn and soybeans. Some producers are concerned that replanting may be necessary. Despite the excess rain, wheat and oats are reported on average to be in good to excellent condition.

Corn planted made a 3% jump in the past week with corn emerged doubling over the last 7 days, nearly in line with the five year average.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — May 8, 2017

Rain and Flooding Impede Field Work

Heavy rains continued throughout the week, preventing nearly all field work and leading to ponding in some fields. There were 0.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 7, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There was little progress made on planting corn, soybean, and oats due to the inability of growers to enter soggy fields. Corn and oats saw some emergence, though the cold temperatures have delayed larger scale emergence. Fields with tiling and managed drainage fared somewhat well with the rainfall, but other fields have had significant ponding issues. Growers are concerned that there may be need for significant replanting of corn fields due to the cold and wet conditions.

Corn planted was at 46%, a 4 point rise from the week before. Corn emerged made a 7 point jump across the week.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — May 1, 2017

The week started out ideal for planting before spotty rains delayed field activity. There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 30, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Corn and soybean planting made solid progress in Western Ohio before rain set in. Locally heavy amounts fell in Southwest Ohio, drowning out some recently planted fields. Colder temperatures also returned. Pasture and range condition is good despite some reports of ponding. Other activities included fertilizer application, spraying, spreading manure, and harvesting forages.

Corn was noted at 42% planted, double the five year average, and a gain from 9% the week before. 5% of corn was emerged.

Soybean numbers were included in the national report as 14% planted for Ohio.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — April 24th, 2017

Screen Shot 2017-04-24 at 4.02.00 PMWarmer and drier weather contributed to the most significant planting progress this season. There were 4.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 16, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Rain toward the end of the week stalled some growers but dry weather quickly returned. The lightest amounts were in western and west central Ohio. In addition to the ongoing planting of oats, planting got underway for both corn and soybeans. Producers reported good to excellent pasture and range conditions, despite moisture surpluses. Applications of herbicides and fertilizer continued this week along with some tilling and field preparation.

A big jump forward has been made in corn planting progress with 9% of seed in the ground, up from less than 1% the week before.

Soybeans have yet to register on the progress report.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress – April 17, 2017

Warm Weather Drying Out Fields 

There were 2.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 16, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Warmer temperatures this week helped to dry out some soils and created more fieldwork opportunities. Farmers were able to top dress wheat, apply herbicides, and till fields where moisture surpluses had receded. Planting was very limited this week. Producers anticipate much more progress with corn and other crops if the warm, dry conditions continue. Corn planted is still less than 1 percent statewide. Many commercial vegetable growers were also able to plant.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — April 10th, 2017

There were 0.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 9, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. A very wet week has kept producers out of the fields. There was a lot of rain in the beginning of the week followed by some snow on Thursday. The week ended with a warm weekend which helped dry some fields. Wheat remained in good condition, despite ponding and delays in top dressing.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress – April 3, 2017

There was 1 day suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 2, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. Soil conditions have been too wet for planting and field work in most areas, but some spring tillage, burndown, anhydrous applications, and topdressing of wheat was possible on lighter soils. Soil temperatures are higher than normal due to the mild winter. Wheat is doing well despite a few reports of winter damage. It is too early to tell if recent frost will have a negative effect on the fruit crop.

This is the first weekly crop and weather report for the 2017 season. A series of weekly crop progress reports will be published each Monday at 4:00 p.m. EST throughout the crop season.

These reports will cover planting and harvesting activities, crop development, weather data, and timely crop management information provided by farmers, USDA, and Ohio State University experts.

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