REYNOLDSBURG, OH -- Ideal weather conditions allowed farmers to spend a lot of time in the field in Ohio last week, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Region.
There were 5.7 days suitable for fieldwork in Ohio during the week ending May 10th. Hay and pastures have greened up, and hay is expected to be cut in the coming weeks. Unusually warm and dry weather allowed farmers the opportunity to plant round the clock last week, and tremendous progress was made. In one week's time, a season of delays jumped to one that is outpacing the five year average, as corn growers planted an estimated 40% of their acreage. This was the fastest weekly progress since 50 percent of the crop was planted during the week ending May 13, 2007. The current record is 65 percent planted on the week ending May 4, 2003.