COLUMBUS — If there is one word to describe the growing season in Ohio for 2017 it is — wet.
But the end of the month proved a relief, and Ohio farmers were catching up with planting both corn and soybeans.
Dry weather brought opportunities for producers to get back into the fields and get some planting done, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician with the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.
There were 4.6 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending June 4. Southern Ohio was the driest while Northeast Ohio got the most rain. Conditions reduced soil moisture surpluses, but some remaining saturated fields, and needs for replanting delayed the completion of corn planting. Corn condition is mostly fair to good, but warm temperatures and opportunities for side dressing is expected to give the crop a boost. Despite dryer conditions producers are still behind on first cutting of hay.
According to the report, in the week ending June 4, there were almost five days workable in the fields – four times as many days as the week before.
Also according to the report, as of June 4, 91 percent of Ohio’s corn has been planted, compared to 94 percent at the same time last year. The five-year average is 96 percent. Better news is that 79 percent of the corn has emerged, compared to 71 percent last year.
The report also said 90 percent of the fields were rated fair to excellent.
For soybeans, 74 percent has been planted, a drop of 9 percent compared to the same period last year. About 50 percent of the soybeans have emerged compared to 51 percent last year.
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