Crop Progress and Condition for the Week Ending July 12, 2015.
Heavy rains last week once again kept farmers out of fields in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 1.8 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending July 12th.
Continued rains last week halted fieldwork, and farmers are getting more anxious about the state of their crops. Wheat and hay are over-mature in some areas, and some field crops have ponded areas as well as extensive yellowing.
Berry producers have enjoyed the rain, as irrigation hasn’t been necessary but all other producers are extremely concerned.
Wheat is ready to be harvested but the overly saturated fields are making it nearly impossible. Elevated scab, vomitoxin, and sprouting levels have been reported.
Livestock producers are reporting very muddy pastures, causing joint stress on animals, as well as damage to the fields. Hay quality has plummeted, dry weather and sunshine are needed so farmers can bale dry hay.