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.