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2016 Ohio Crop Progress Update

Ohio’s Crop Progress — July 31, 2017

Cooler and drier conditions allowed producers to complete some field work and harvest hay, straw, wheat and oats, 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 July 30th. The dry weather was ideal for hay cutting, and the drying of soils made for better growing conditions. Many parts of the state experienced good conditions for the pollination of corn. Crop conditions remain steady, but soybeans are showing stress from earlier floods. There is still a great deal of variability in crop conditions. Central and southern Ohio received more rain on average, and minor localized flooding was observed in these areas. Aerial spraying of fungicide took place in areas where field access was still an issue. Harvest of commercial fruit and vegetable crops continued.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — November 28th, 2016

The final Ohio Crop Progress Report for 2016 was released on Monday.

Harvest is essentially completed, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.4 days available for fieldwork for the week ending November 27th . Winter wheat is in good condition. Warm temperatures this fall allowed the majority of produces to finish harvest and complete some tillage and spraying work for next season. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly 3 percent of the State was rated as in “moderate drought” while another 45 percent was rated “abnormally dry”.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — November 21st, 2016

Harvest Wrapping Up

Favorable weather conditions allowed some fieldwork for most of the week, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 6.1 days available for fieldwork for the week ending November 20. Temperatures remained well above average until late in the week when cold temperatures swept into the state. Drought conditions extended north of the Ohio River, covering most of Adams County and some surrounding areas. Moisture levels of corn harvested during the week is 17 percent.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — November 14th, 2016

Tillage and fall spraying activities are underway with most grain harvest complete, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 6.3 days available for fieldwork for the week ending November 13. Winter Wheat and cover crops are progressing well with the benefit of above normal temperatures and adequate soil moisture. Moisture levels of corn harvested during the week decreased one percentage point to 17 percent.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — November 7th, 2016

Rain slowed down some of the farming activities but warm sunny days afterwards made harvest and some tillage possible, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.7 days available for fieldwork for the week ending November 6th. Corn harvest is progressing but many fields remain with high grain moisture levels. Fields with mold and re-sprouting issues continued to be observed. Some soybean growers are looking for frosts to help with soft ground and green stems. Winter Wheat seedings are almost complete and condition is rated at 84 percent good to excellent, compared to 65 percent last year, when topsoil moisture shortages were more of a factor. Moisture levels of grain harvested over the week averaged 18 percent for corn and 12 percent for soybeans.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — October 31st, 2016

Soybean Harvest Slowly Wrapping Up

Rains were relatively light but the effects of a wet fall persisted, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5 days available for fieldwork for the week ending October 30. Light showers kept harvest of corn and soybeans to a slow pace. Green stalks along with muddy fields were the main obstacles to finishing soybean harvest. Some frosts were noted, but more will be needed to firm up the ground and kill stalks. Cover crops and wheat benefited from the elevation in temperature and soil moisture. Moisture levels of grain harvested over the week averaged 19 percent for corn and 13 percent for soybeans.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — October 24th, 2016

The harvest of corn and soybeans, as well as the planting of wheat and cover crops progressed until rains moved in mid-week, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 4.1 days available for fieldwork for the week ending October 23rd . Temperatures remained well above average and helped with wheat emergence and the revival of hay fields and pastures. Growers switched between corn and soybean harvest to deal with variable crop and field conditions. Green soybean stems continue to be an obstacle for some. Mold and kernel sprouting in corn was observed in some areas. Ear droppage has also been noted. Moisture levels of grain harvested over the week averaged 18 percent for corn and 12 percent for soybeans.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — October 17th, 2016

Weather conditions were ideal for harvesting, planting, and some fieldwork opportunities, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 6.3 days available for fieldwork for the week ending October 16. Corn and soybean harvest is progressing rapidly with the warm dry weather. Some areas weren’t able to do fall tillage and seeding because conditions were extremely dry. Frost towards the end of the week affected some crops. Corn has been slow to dry down and still showing signs of disease and ear rot in some areas. Average grain moisture for corn harvested was 18 percent, and soybean moisture was at 12 percent. The final cutting of hay is wrapping up. Winter wheat planting leapt ahead in areas where soil moisture levels were ideal.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — October 11th, 2016

Harvest Resumes after Rain

Conditions for harvest were nearly ideal for most of the week, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.9 days available for fieldwork for the week ending October 9th . Wet ground from the heavy rains that started two weeks ago remained an obstacle for many growers who waited for firmer ground before taking to the field. Average grain moisture for corn harvested was 19 percent, and soybean moisture was at 13 percent. Molds and other quality issues in corn continued to be an issue. Corn silage harvest is virtually complete and the hay season is nearly over. Pastures saw a slight improvement after moisture surpluses declined and warm, sunny weather returned.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — October 3rd, 2016

Considerable Rains Stalled Harvest Progress

Rain throughout the week in various counties prevented harvest and most fieldwork activities, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 3 days available for fieldwork for the week ending October 2nd. Harvest was underway in many areas but was slowed down by the multiple rain showers received. The wet and cooler weather was helpful for pasture conditions and wheat emergence. The grain moisture content for corn and soybeans remained the same, at 21 percent and 14 percent respectively. There was not much planting of winter wheat because of the wet conditions.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — September 26th, 2016

Little to no rain this week has accelerated crop maturity and provided opportunities for fieldwork, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 6.4 days available for fieldwork for the week ending September 25th . The hot and dry weather promoted the drying of the corn crop. Condition rating for crops and pastures remained steady. The moisture content for corn harvested over the week averaged 21 percent, and soybean moisture average 14 percent. The window for silage harvest neared the end.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress – September 19th, 2016

Late Rains Bring Limited Benefit

Rains throughout the state delayed harvest for many as crops rapidly matured, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.6 days available for fieldwork for the week ending September 18th. Sporadic rainfall later in the week hasn’t done much to improve pasture conditions, and livestock producers continued to feed hay in many areas. Hay conditions showed little change as well. Corn and Soybean conditions were practically unchanged as harvest got underway for both. Planting also got underway for the 2017 wheat crop.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – September 12th, 2016

Producers are seeing the long term effect of early season drought despite sporadic rainfall received lately, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.7 days available for fieldwork for the week ending September 11th. The week began hot and dry, but many areas accumulated well over two inches of rain by the weekend. However, with Corn maturing rapidly, precipitation brought more disease and pest pressure as well as obstacles to harvest. Soybeans were better able to benefit from recent rains and are progressing on pace with the five year average. Rains have not fully revived pastures in many areas.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress – September 6th, 2016

Areas around the state had a break from the humidity and heat as crops approached harvest, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.9 days available for fieldwork for the week ending September 4th. Some rain showers at the beginning of the week reduced the moderate drought percentage on the U. S. Drought Monitor. A string of dry days that arrived mid-week provided opportunity for hay harvest. Mature corn was reported to be drying quickly and dropping ears. Corn silage harvest began to pick up. There were some reports of wind and rain damage to corn fields in Southwestern counties. Soybeans are improving but experiencing some yellowing. While hay, corn, and pasture conditions haven’t changed much, most remain in average shape across the state.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — August 29th, 2016

The state received varied amounts of rain along with strong winds and tornadoes that caused limited damage, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. The week started off dry, helping hay harvest and other field work. Scattered rains moved in by mid-week and lingered through the weekend. Western and northeastern portions of the state benefitted most. There were 5 days available for fieldwork for the week ending August 28th . Disease and insect pressure remained high for corn in many areas. Growers reported tip back on ears, the likely result of either unfavorable pollination conditions or early season nitrogen loss. Soybean progress continued to track along the five year average. Hayfields and pastures received a boost where rains were abundant.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — August 22nd, 2016

Timely Rains Improve Conditions

Rains reached across the state, boosting soil moisture levels and helping conditions for some crops according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 3.4 days available for fieldwork for the week ending August 21st . According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 26 percent of the state was rated as in “moderate drought”, down significantly from last week. None of the state is under “severe drought.” Rain did not do much for corn condition which remains nearly the same, mainly due to the advanced state of the crop. Soybeans benefited a lot from the moisture and setting pods is now nearly complete. This has been the most rainfall seen in weeks for many areas but has come too late for some crops.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — August 15th, 2016

Some areas received varied amount of rainfall that benefitted the crops, while other areas continued to suffer from the dry conditions, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.5 days available for fieldwork for the week ending August 14th . According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 46 percent of the state was rated as in “moderate drought.” That area covered most of northern Ohio. Another 15 percent was rated in “severe drought”. That area spread from west central Ohio to northeast Ohio. Much of northern Ohio received some rainfall since the Drought Monitor was published, but the level of relief is not yet known. Corn condition continued to decline, as most of the rain fell during the latter half of the week. Many areas expect to start cutting silage soon. Oat harvest neared completion. Spraying was underway in some counties for spider mites in soybeans.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — August 8th, 2016

Predominately hot and dry weather continued this past week, causing crop and livestock conditions to deteriorate across the State, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.

There were 6.6 days available for fieldwork for the week ending August 7th. Aside from sporadic shower activity on Friday, very few areas of the State received any rain during the week. Meanwhile, temperatures statewide remained about five degrees above normal for this time of the year. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly 43 percent of the State was rated as in “moderate drought” while another 27 percent was rated “abnormally dry”. Soybeans were progressing, but showing stress due to lack of rain; there were reports of soybeans looking burned in southern counties. In northern counties, growers reported corn stalks starting to fire at the bottom and leaves curling, while hay fields were browning. Oat harvest was nearly complete across the State.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress —August 1st, 2016

Rains Bypass Dry Areas

Isolated areas received varied amounts of rainfall, which helped corn and soybean progress, while other areas are still experiencing severe dry conditions, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 6.0 days available for fieldwork for the week ending July 31st. Oat harvest continued to progress well ahead of the five year average. Corn, soybeans, hay, and pasture conditions all declined from previous week. Concern for corn during pollination remained high. Livestock producers reported feeding hay, and noted that the prospects for the 2016 hay crop were declining.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — July 25th, 2016

Spotty statewide brought relief to some, but left many others to contend with the effects of continued hot and dry weather, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 6.3 days available for fieldwork for the week ending July 24th . The only crop benefitting from conditions was oats, where lack of rainfall kept disease at bay and sped harvest well ahead of the five year average. Conditions favored cutting and baling of dry hay, but did little for regrowth and yields. Many livestock producers have been feeding hay as well, creating concerns for a potential hay shortage during the upcoming winter. Wheat harvest concluded for all but a few fields. The harsh conditions were reflected in condition ratings. Corn rated good to excellent fell to 60 percent from 64 percent last week. Leaf rolling was a common sight, and early firing of stalks was observed in some areas, possibly due to the nitrogen loss experienced during the wet spring.

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