REYNOLDSBURG, OH -- Cloudy, cool conditions allowed planting progression in Ohio, according to the USDA, NASS, Great Lakes Regional Office. There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork for the week ending May 24th. Prevailing humidity, cloud cover and cool temperatures yielded little opportunity for curing of dry hay, and most fields that were cut went to silage or baleage.
Planting of processing tomatoes and peppers was underway along with other specialty crops. Increased humidity is bringing concern for disease development in wheat. Scattered showers occurred over the past week, however many areas haven't had much rainfall in recent weeks, contributing to a growing seasonal deficit.