Corn and soybeans continue to progress steadily, though weather has been widely variable. There were 5.6 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending August 3, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region. Average temperatures recorded around the State ranged from 65 to 71 degrees or ten degrees below to one degree below normal. The lowest recorded temperature was 46 degrees and the highest was 87 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 67.6 degrees, 4.7 degrees cooler than normal.
Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.06 to 3.95 inches, with a statewide average of 1.06 inches. Rain was very scattered over the week with some regions reporting heavy rainstorms, and others reporting very dry ground. Soybean stands are continuing to flower and set pods.
Corn plants have continued silking, and are beginning to dough. Field activities for the week included: spreading manure, installing tile, and baling hay. Corn condition was 76% good to excellent compared to 80% at this time last year; though some farmers have stated the corn looks stunted due to unfavorable growing conditions. Soybean condition was 70% good to excellent which is the same as this time last year. Oat harvesting continues, with progress nearly even with 2013, but significantly behind the 5-year average.
For more information: Ohio Crop Progress