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Summary of Corn and Soybean growing conditions in Ohio for 2020 thus far
Ohio Ag Connection - 07/07/2020

Moe Agostino, Chief Commodity Strategist, Farms.com Risk Management is hosting the 2020 Annual U.S. Corn Belt Crop Tour for the ninth year.

He began his tour in the state of Ohio, starting in Toledo and then travelled to Columbus, and south to Middletown. It was 81F, cloudy and rainy on day 1, June 27th, and 80F cloudy/rain in the morning of day 2, June 28th. It appears that most fields were planted in 2020 vs. 2019 so there will be less Prevent Plant acres, with no plant population issues.

Surplus soil moisture was down from 43% on April 20 to 3% on June 22, according to the USDA, but timely rains have resulted in green, lush, healthy crops. There does not appear to be any crop stress or disease pressure.

However, frost, wet/cool conditions first week of May resulted in later planted corn and earlier planted soybean acres. Some soybeans plants are just as high as corn plants for the end of June. 95% of the corn acres are waist high or lower with a very small % chest high.

Agostino reports that corn is short and late for this time of the year with a large percentage knee to ankle high. USDA rates Ohio as one of the 5 lowest rated states for crop conditions. Despite an earlier start than in 2019, planting conditions were not ideal.

Corn plants were much shorter than expected despite the earlier start with very little corn head high by July 1! A large percentage of the corn pollination will be at the end of July or early August.

Follow the 9th Annual U.S. Corn Belt Crop Tour on Twitter @FarmsMarketing #cornbelt20.

For more information about Farms.com Risk Management, visit: https://riskmanagement.farms.com/.

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