Ohio: Farmers Continue To Prepare For Harvest – USDA

    Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending September 14, 2014.

    Heavy rainfalls over the week are expected to benefit hay fields, pastures, and some soybeans, but mostly represent an obstacle to dry down and harvest at this point. According to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region, there were 4.8 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending September 14.

    Average temperatures recorded around the State ranged from 60 to 68 degrees or eight degrees below to four degrees above normal. The lowest recorded temperature was 37 degrees and the highest was 87 degrees. The statewide average temperature for the week was 63.3 degrees, 3.7 degrees cooler than normal. Recorded precipitation ranged from 0.08 to 4.26 inches, with a statewide average of 0.93 inches.

    Corn dented is slightly behind both the previous year and five year average, however, corn mature is slightly ahead of this time last year. Corn condition was 76% good to excellent compared to 78% at this time last year. Soybeans dropping leaves is behind the previous year and five year average. Soybean condition was 70% good to excellent, compared to 68% at this time last year.

    Some hay quality concerns have arisen since the region has experienced so much rain and the days remained humid preventing the hay from drying properly.

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