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Ohio Planting Season Begins with Lower Temps, Drier Weather
Ohio Ag Connection - 04/06/2021

The 2021 growing season began with cooler and drier than the start of last year's growing season, leading to more opportunities for fieldwork, according to Cheryl Turner, state statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 87 percent adequate to surplus. Temperatures for the week ending Sunday averaged 4.7 degrees below historical normals and the state received 0.37 inches of precipitation. There were 3.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the week ending Sunday.

To start the season, producers readied equipment for planting, hauled manure, and performed tillage. Topsoil conditions were drier this year in comparison to last year. Oats were 9 percent planted compared to 8 percent last year. Winter wheat jointing was 3 percent while the winter wheat crop was rated 77 percent good to excellent condition.

This is the first weekly crop and weather report for the 2021 season. A series of weekly crop progress reports will be published each Monday throughout the crop season. The 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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