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USDA NASS report: Cool and dry at harvest’s close

A cool and mostly dry week was interrupted by late week showers as farmers completed their final harvest activities of the fall season, according to Cheryl Turner, State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office.

Topsoil moisture conditions were rated 14 percent very short, 31 percent short, 52 percent adequate, and 3 percent surplus. Statewide, the average temperature for the week ending on November 27 was 39.9 degrees, 0.6 degrees above normal. Weather stations recorded an average of 0.56 inches of precipitation, 0.27 inches below average. There were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork during the
week ending November 27.

Last week’s field activities included applications of manure and fertilizer as well as tile drainage system repair. Corn for grain was 95 percent harvested, and the average moisture content of corn grain at harvest was 18 percent. Corn harvest
was delayed in some western counties as farmers waited for space at grain elevators to become available. Winter wheat was 96 percent emerged and winter wheat condition was rated 58 percent good to excellent; in the northwest, rain and warmer weather supported strong wheat growth. A limited share of planned cover crops remained to be planted in western counties.

This issue concludes the weekly Ohio reports for the 2022 season. Special thanks to the dedicated farmers, Extension Educators, FSA County Directors, NRCS Conservation Specialists, and others who supplied the information
necessary to complete these reports each week. Your time and effort made this publication possible and ensured an up-to- date and accurate representation of Ohio agriculture.

Reports will be issued monthly during the winter season and will be available at www.nass.usda.gov

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