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2018 Ohio Crop Progress Update

Ohio Crop Progress — Nov. 26, 2018

Harvest Progress Dampened

Wet conditions kept combines out of the fields again last week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 2.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending November 25. Most operators were waiting for the ground to freeze in order to harvest remaining corn and soybeans. The average moisture content of corn harvested last week was 17 percent and the average for soybeans was 16 percent. The winter wheat crop was rated 62 percent good to excellent condition.

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Ohio Crop Progress — Nov. 19, 2018

Harvest Slowly Moving

Snow and wet weather delayed harvest again last week according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 2.2 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending November 18. Winter Storm Avery hit Ohio last week. Excessive moisture kept producers out of the fields and bought harvest to a halt in many areas. Topsoil moisture condition ratings increased to 71 percent surplus by week’s end, up from 67 percent last week. Elevators were still at capacity. Producers were hoping for drier conditions and colder temperatures to freeze the ground. The average moisture content of corn harvested last week was 17 percent and the average for soybeans was 15 percent. Winter wheat condition was rated 67 percent good to excellent, below last year’s rating at this time.

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Ohio Crop Progress — Nov. 13, 2018

Wet Conditions Stall Progress

Continued wet conditions and cooler temperatures throughout the week kept producers out of the fields, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 2.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending November 11. Very little harvesting or other fieldwork were completed last week. Some corn and soybeans were harvested despite saturated soil conditions. There were reports of muddy fields and some crop distress due to excess moisture. Lack of storage availability also stalled harvest. The average moisture content of corn harvested last week was 17 percent and the average for soybeans was 15 percent. Some tillage and manure management activities were underway.

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Ohio Crop Progress — Nov. 5, 2018

Rain Stalled Harvest

Wet conditions continued last week which halted most harvest progress according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 1.9 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending November 4. Rainfall kept farmers out of the field and brought remaining harvest to a standstill in many areas. Statewide, corn harvest advanced 6 percentage points while soybean harvest progress gained 7 points from last week. Excessive rains caused flooding and ponding in low lying areas. Winter wheat was reported to be in good condition. The average moisture content of corn harvested last week was 17 percent and the average for soybeans was 14 percent.

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Ohio Crop Progress — Oct. 29, 2018

Harvest Continued Between Rainfall

Rain fell across the State at the start and end of last week and temperatures remained cooler than normal according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending October 28. Fields dried out enough for fieldwork and harvesting in the middle of the week, but the topsoil moisture moved from 10 percent surplus to 19 percent surplus after Sunday’s heavy rainfall. Corn and Soybean combines moved quickly as the harvested progress increased 17 percentage points for both crops last week. Corn harvest progress remained ahead of the 5-year average while the soybean harvest progress still lagged slightly behind the 5-year average. Winter wheat planting and emergence both continued slightly behind the 5-year average pace and the crop was rated 79 percent good to excellent condition. The earlier planted stands of wheat reportedly have emerged healthy and in good color while the later planted stands were a bit more uneven. The average moisture content of corn harvested last week dropped 1 percent to 17 percent and the average for soybeans also dropped 1 percent to 13 percent due to dry weather in the middle of the week.

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Ohio Crop Progress — October 22, 2018

Frost Arrived as Harvest Continued

Temperatures continued to cool down as frost appeared throughout much of the State last week according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 5.1 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending October 21. The rain held off again this week and soils continued to dry out to adequate levels. Corn harvest continued to outpace the 5-year average. Soybean harvest moved ahead 15 percentage points, but lagged behind the 5-year average. The frost on the 18th and 19th signaled the end of the growing season for many. Corn condition increased slightly from 82 percent rated good to excellent condition last week to 83 percent this week. Soybean condition remained the same at 79 percent rated in good to excellent condition last week and this week. Other late season fieldwork included installing drain tile, fall tillage, and cutting and baling hay. Winter wheat planting and emergence continued slightly behind the 5-year pace. The average moisture content of corn harvested last week was 18 percent and the average for soybeans was 14 percent.

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Ohio Crop Progress — Oct. 15, 2018

Temperature Cooled Down as Harvest Heated Up

Temperatures cooled down and the State received small amounts of rain last week according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending October 14. The rain stopped long enough for combines to get into the fields and pick corn as the harvest continued to outpace the 5-year average. Soybean harvest moved ahead 13 percentage points although it was still lagging behind the 5-year average. The wet conditions were reportedly affecting grain quality in a few areas. Corn condition dropped slightly from 83 percent rated good to excellent condition last week to 82 percent this week. Soybean condition moved a bit more from 84 percent rated in good to excellent condition last week to 79 percent this week. Other late season crops, like vine vegetables and tobacco, were being harvested but faced quality issues where fields were oversaturated. Winter wheat planting continued slightly behind the 5-year pace and hay producers continued cutting and baling as fields allowed. The average moisture content of corn harvested last week was 19 percent and the average for soybeans was 14 percent.

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Temperature and Harvest Both Heat Up in Ohio Crop Progress

A warm week, where temperatures averaged 11 degrees above normal, helped push harvest last week according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 4.4 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending October 7. The warm temperatures allowed farmers to keep corn harvest ahead of the 5 year average. Phenomenal progress was made in harvesting soybeans last week; fifteen percent of the crop was harvested. Even with this tremendous progress, soybean harvest lagged the 5 year average. Winter wheat emergence was good and hay producers were cutting and baling as fields allowed. Other fieldwork included hauling and spreading manure, cover crop seeding, fertilizer applications, and fall tillage. The average moisture content of corn harvested last week was 19 percent and the average for soybeans was 13 percent.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – Intermittent Rain Slows Harvest

Variable rainfall slowed harvest for most producers, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 3.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending September 30. The recent rainfall kept combines out of soybean fields most of the week as harvest progress fell below the 5 – year average. Corn combines were rolling as harvest progress finished the week just above the 5 – year average. Winter wheat planters were slowed to a crawl and corn chopped for silage inched a long as well. Warm weather in – between rains helped some producers make hay last week, but it continued at a slow pace. The average moisture content of corn harvested last week was 21 percent, and the average for soybeans was 14 percent.

Ohio Crop Progress — September 24, 2018

Hot, Dry Weather Encouraged Harvest

Producers avoided delays and got harvest underway last week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA, NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 5.3 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending September 23. Rain received last week mostly fell in southern and eastern Ohio. Harvest moved along well. The decrease in soil moisture levels made for better harvesting conditions. Corn for silage was coming off at a good pace. Corn for grain and soybean harvests began slowly in some areas. Field conditions allowed some produces to plant winter wheat. The average moisture content of corn harvested last week was 22 percent, and the average for soybeans was 14 percent.

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