Field conditions are extremely wet following storm activity on Sunday, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 2.9 days available for field work for the week ending November 5, 2017.
Rain and cold weather throughout the week slowed harvest progress, but fields dried out sufficiently by Thursday to allow for some activities to take place before Sunday’s rain arrived, including fall tillage, manure spreading, and cover crop seeding.
Average grain moisture for corn harvested was 18 percent and soybean moisture was 13 percent. Severe storms on Sunday put many crop fields and pastures under water.
Wind damage from tornadoes was also reported in isolated areas. Crop damage was still being assessed, but there were reports of flooding in wheat fields and corn stands impacted by water and high winds.
Growers expected it to take several days for fields to dry out before corn and soybean harvest could continue.