Ohio farmers say rain is needed


Ohio farmers say rain is needed

The hot and dry weather has Ohio farmers concerned about deteriorating crop conditions.  USDA’s state statistician Cheryl Turner says only 33% of the cropland has adequate precipitation, yet 49% is short and 17% very short on precipitation.

USDA reporters say both corn and soybeans are showing signs of stress with both crops deteriorating in overall condition.

Ninety-five percent of Ohio’s soybeans are blooming.  Corn has not advanced to the silking stage.  Eighty-two percent of the oats have headed.  Ninety-two percent of winter wheat is mature with 47% of it harvested for grain.

Most first-crop hay is in, and 34% of the second crop of alfalfa has been cut along with 33% of other second crop hay.