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2016 Ohio Crop Progress Update

Ohio’s Crop Progress — July 18th, 2016

Dry weather allowed growers to make large gains on oat harvest this week, as well as continued progress on wheat harvest and hay cutting, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 6.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 17th. While hay cutting continues in earnest, the dry weather has slowed growth and lessened yield from second and third hay cuttings. There is some browning in pastures, as very little rain has fallen throughout the state. Corn and soybeans look good, but will need moisture as they continue to mature. Early planted soybeans are faring better than later planted soybeans. Some fields are looking stressed, but are still in good condition overall. Other activities this week included weed mowing and spraying fields.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress — July 11th, 2016

Dry Weather Ideal for Wheat Harvest and Haymaking

Continued dry weather allowed significant gains in the wheat harvest, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 10th. Some regions experienced scattered showers, however, more rain were needed for crop conditions to improve. In addition to wheat harvest, producers continued to cut hay, with many having moved onto a second cutting. Winter wheat, oat, and hay harvests continue to progress ahead of last year. Crop conditions continue to be in mostly good condition despite the lack of rain, however, this will change if there isn’t rain soon. Aside from wheat harvest, hay making and straw baling, growers were also spraying crops and trying to keep weeds at bay.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report — July 5th, 2016

Continued dry weather this week allowed significant gains in wheat harvested, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 3rd.In addition to wheat harvest, producers continued to cut hay, with many having moved onto a second cutting. Both winter wheat harvested and hay cut are well ahead of the previous year. Corn, soybeans, and oats progress are all even with or ahead of the five-year average. Crops continue to be in very good condition despite the lack of rain.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report — June 27th, 2016

Much Needed Rain Helped Crop Conditions

Rain throughout the state brought relief to many areas while pockets of dryness persisted, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 26th. Storms passed through the state midweek, boosting soil moisture levels on average, but farmers observed everything from parched ground to standing water, sometimes within the same county. Some wind damage was reported, and other local instances of severe weather was reported throughout the state. Producers are largely finished with planting, though some double crop soybeans will be planted after wheat harvest. Crop emergence is steady, and conditions improved with the much needed rain. With the planting finished, growers are focusing on applying nitrogen to corn, spraying herbicide, starting wheat harvest, and cutting hay.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – June 20th, 2016

Continued dry weather aided fieldwork, but too little soil moisture is beginning to become a hindrance to crop emergence and conditions, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 19th. Far Western and Northeast Ohio were reported as abnormally dry on the US Drought Monitor released Thursday. Sporadic storms passed from Cincinnati to Akron on Wednesday and Thursday, dropping localized heavy amounts and causing minor flooding. Some hail was reported. Producers are largely finished with planting, though some double crop soybeans will be planted after wheat harvest. Crop emergence is steady but uneven in quality, as the lack of available moisture is hurting some fields. Producers are worried that if the dry weather continues, crop damage will result. With the planting finished, growers are focusing on applying nitrogen to corn, spraying herbicide, and cutting hay.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – June 13th, 2016

The recent lack of rain is beginning to have negative effects on soil moisture and is causing uneven emergence on late planted crops, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 12th. The statewide average temperature was 68.2 degrees, only 0.3 degrees above normal. Precipitation was scattered and short throughout the State with a statewide average of 0.42 inches, less than half of normal. Some locally heavy rains fell in the western part of the State at the end of the week. Soil moisture supplies fell along with hay and pasture conditions. While corn and soybeans are still in good condition, they are beginning to show signs of stress. Despite the uneven quality of emerged stands, emergence is moving very rapidly, as corn, soybeans, and oats are all ahead of the five year average.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – June 6th, 2016

Corn and Soybean fields had rapid emergence this week, and growers came close to finishing planting, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 5.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 5th . Continued dry weather and warm temperatures through most of the week allowed producers to spend much of the week on fieldwork. Corn planting is near finished as growers replanted frost damaged fields, or moved them over to soybeans. Soybean planting progress continued to be ahead of the five year average. The southern part of the state lagged somewhat in planting due to more frequent rain and wetter conditions. There were also some reports of mildew and rust in wheat. Emergence is even with or ahead of the five year average for all crops, though condition has been uneven in northern areas lacking moisture. Producers have been cutting hay amid the dry weather, and hay quality has been good.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – May 31st, 2016

Producers spent the week planting significant amounts of corn and soybeans as the weather was conducive to fieldwork, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 6.0 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 29th. Corn and soybean planting has caught up to the five-year average, though emergence is still behind due to the previous planting delays. Some growers replanted corn that had been stunted by the cold temperatures after early planting. Some soybeans will also need to be replanted, due to frost damage and pythium incidence. There were reports of wheat rust that may lead to diverting fields to forage. Producers were cutting and baling hay as the moisture surplus was no longer an issue. Some areas are even beginning to become too dry, particularly in the northern part of the state. Vegetable producers were also planting their crops. Other activities included side-dressing, hauling manure, and spraying, though high wind hampered spraying in some areas.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – May 23rd, 2016

While some growers in the northern part of the State were able to begin planting due to warmer weather, most growers throughout the rest of the State continued to delay planting as their fields were too wet for planting activities, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 2.8 day suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 22nd. While corn and soybean planting progress moved somewhat, both are behind the five year averages. There were frosts early in the week, which raised concern about damage to wheat, fruit, and vegetables, as well as the emerged early planted corn and soybeans. Emerged corn is looking yellow and stressed, and some will need to be replanted if the weather cooperates. Hay fields were being chopped across the state, though much of it for haylage, as conditions made it too difficult for dry hay baling.… Continue reading

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – May 16th, 2016

Spring planting continued to be slowed heavily by cold, wet conditions. There was 1.0 day suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 15th. Corn and soybean planting progress is behind both last year and the five-year average, as farmers have been unable to get into fields that are soggy and, in some cases, in standing water. Conditions have slowed emergence, and much of what has emerged is stressed. Some areas saw cool enough temperatures to have frost on Sunday morning. Oat progress is even with last year and the five-year, largely due to significant plantings made early in the season when conditions were drier. Similarly, wheat progress is ahead of the previous year and five-year average due to the warm temperatures in early spring contributing to quick maturation. Most field work this week was limited to spraying and fertilizer application.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – May 9th, 2016

The cold, wet conditions continued this week, keeping fieldwork to a minimum.

There were 1.1 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 8th. While some planting of corn, soybeans, and oats occurred in the most southern parts of the state, most growers were kept from planting due to saturated fields and standing water.

There were some reports of hail, mainly along the I-77 corridor south of Canton to the River Valley. For most growers, the only activities they were able to work on were spraying weeds and applying fertilizer. Most wheat remains in good to excellent condition despite conditions favorable to stripe rust.

Growers are generally in a holding pattern at the moment, waiting for warmer conditions and less precipitation, so that fields can dry up enough for planting.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – May 2nd, 2016

Rain throughout the week kept growers in the northern parts of the state from doing fieldwork, while growers in the south were afforded more opportunities to plant crops. There were 2.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 1st. The rain and cool temperatures in the northern counties limited most fieldwork to topdressing wheat and spraying for weeds. Some fields had standing water as well. Growers further south had more ideal weather for planting, and planted corn, oats, and even some soybeans. Producers throughout the state reported slow hay and pasture growth. Growers are also applying fertilizer when able to get into fields.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – April 25th, 2016

Growers made significant planting progress on oats this week between rains this week. There were 3.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending April 24th.

While weather was significantly better for field work, with warmer weather drying out fields, growers were still somewhat limited by periodic rains. In addition to planting oats, some growers began corn planting, though this was mostly limited to the southern parts of the state.

Some new seedings of alfalfa went into the ground as well. In areas still too wet for planting, producers top dressed wheat and hauled manure.

Other activities included tillage and spraying for weeds.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – April 18th, 2016

Topsoil and subsoil moisture declined this week due to less precipitation and warmer temperatures over the weekend, though field work was still limited by soggy fields. There were 1.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending April 17th. Oat planting progressed behind the 5-year average,but ahead of 2015. Corn planting remains at zero percent planted. Winter wheat maturity is ahead of schedule, and the crop continues to look great. Some damage to fruit trees is anticipated due to the recent drop in temperatures, but the extent is unknown at this time. While planting was very limited this week, growers continued prep work for the season.
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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – April 11th, 2016

Farmers were kept out of their fields this week due to continued precipitation and cold temperatures.. There were 0.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending April 3rd. Some areas saw up to 3 inches of snow during the weekend, continuing the pattern of cold temperatures. The percentage of the State with surplus topsoil and subsoil moisture continued to climb. Winter wheat continues to look excellent despite the temperatures.

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Ohio’s Crop Progress Report – April 5th, 2016

Most of the State saw heavy precipitation this week, which was welcomed as it replenished soil moisture. There were 1.3 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending April 3rd. Some growers top-dressed wheat, though the majority were holding off due to saturated fields. Some were also applying fertilizer and spraying, though mostly producers focused on prep activities as the rain prevented most fieldwork. Among fruit growers, there were some worries about damage to the peach crop due to snow and freezing.

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TEST Ohio Crop Progress Report

A few producers began soybean and corn harvest last week in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 5.9 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending September 13th. Scattered showers helped alleviate the very dry conditions in some regions, while other regions noted very hot and humid conditions leading to crops progressing rapidly.

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