There was abundant field activity last week as temperatures remained above normal and rainfall was very light, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. There were a season high 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork during the
week ending Sunday.
Clear skies allowed farmers to spray herbicides and side dress fields where necessary. Corn leaves were rolling on sandy soils and in hot, dry areas of the State. Soybean and corn conditions improved slightly from the prior week as the rains slowed and fields
dried out. Reports of corn and soybean replantings meant varying levels of plant progress within some fields and overall delayed maturity.
Wheat combines rolled quickly, as wheat harvested progress was up 35 percentage points from the prior week. Oat condition improved slightly from the prior week as 42 percent of the crop was rated in good to excellent condition.
The hot, dry weather was good for making hay last week. First cuttings of hay have mostly been taken off of the fields and second cuttings were well underway, although all hay progress was still behind the 5-year averages. Pasture and range condition improved
slightly to 44 percent good to excellent condition.