Ohio fields are drying out

Ohio wheat is maturing ahead of average despite significant temperature variability.

Marrow County grower Ray Van Horn tells Brownfield ideal planting conditions last fall for winter wheat has set the crop up for a good start.

“We’ve had an overabundance of rain the last week or two, but today the sun is shining and the wheat’s looking green,” he says. “We’ve got our first pass of nitrogen on and really things are looking pretty good.”

The USDA says 16 percent of winter wheat is jointed and condition is rated 67 percent good to excellent.

Seven percent of oats are now planted, ahead of last year’s pace.

Topsoil moisture in Ohio is 68 percent in surplus while 44 percent of subsoils have a surplus.

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