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2019 Ohio Crop Progress Update



Ohio Crop Progress: Corn Planting Has Begun

The first reports of corn planting for the season occurred last week where soils were dry enough to hold planting equipment, 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 April 21. The western portion of the State received the largest amount of rainfall compared to the rest of the State and compared to normal conditions. Temperatures were higher than normal on the eastern portion of the State while the rest of Ohio’s temperatures hovered around, or slightly below normal for the week. Wet conditions kept top-dressing and weed spraying to a minimum. Ponding in fields with low lying areas continued to stress winter wheat. Oat planting and emergence both continued to progress ahead of the 5- year average. Fruit trees and vines were in various stages of bud formation.

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Warm weather boosts fieldwork in Ohio Crop Progress

Temperatures were about 8 degrees above normal for the week, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 2.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 14. Fields were still soft, but operators were able to spray weeds, spread manure, and apply top-dressings to fields before rain fell Sunday. Fruit trees were beginning to bud and winter damage assessments were being made. Cold season vegetables were reportedly going into the ground as soil temperatures began to increase. Oats were planted at a quick pace compared to the 5-year average while weather conditions allowed. Winter wheat continued to green up. Conditions improved slightly with 33 percent of wheat rated good to excellent condition.

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Ohio Crop Progress – April 8, 2019

There was little precipitation across the State last week yet many fields remained wet according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were 1.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending April 7. Field equipment was readied and some top dressing of winter wheat occurred. There were reports of winter wheat remaining dormant in the northern half of the state while some stands greened up closer to the south. Pastures were slowly turning green and operators were beginning to assess grazing conditions. Manure pits and lagoons needed to be emptied but dry, warm weather was necessary before this could occur. Operators planted oats at a quick pace during the short time they were able to get in the fields.

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