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Weather gives Ohio farmers chance to make planting progress

Dry weather gave Ohio farmers an opportunity to get some planting done last week.  According to the latest weekly crop and weather report 91 percent of the corn crop has been planted, with 79 percent emerged with the majority of the crop rated fair to good.

Central Ohio farmer Allen Ett says some of his crops look great – but that’s not the cased for all his acres.  “Those crops that were planted the 24, 25, and 26 of April really struggled coming out of the ground,” he says.  “They’re okay – they’re just not as nice as the earliest planted crop or the crops that were planted after all that rain.”

Seventy-four percent of soybeans have been planted, 9 points behind last year with 52 percent of the crop emerged.

Ninety-seven percent of winter wheat has headed with 1 percent emerged and 81 percent of the crop is rated good to excellent.

Ninety-seven percent of the oats crop has emerged and 18 percent headed.

Sixty-three percent of the first cutting of alfalfa is complete.

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