Agronomy Blog

Ohio Crop Progress

by Corey Prosser | May 15, 2018

A wet April has made for a very busy May for many growers. Just 3 weeks ago I reported that planting had basically not even started, but that is a much different story for most now. Some areas of the state have been very lucky while other areas have still struggled to get started. Many areas have had ideal planting conditions while others have reached marginal conditions only to get more rain.

In parts of the state many growers are finished planting corn while others haven’t started. Central and Western Ohio have been hard at it and most growers in these areas are finished. Many growers along US 30 in western Ohio have had ideal planting conditions. Many growers could start early and avoided rains to allow planting to progress rapidly. While in other areas only a few growers could get any corn in the ground such Northeast Ohio and parts of Southern Ohio. Northeast Ohio is the area with the least amount planted and most unfavorable conditions. This part of the state has been unable to miss a rain and is less than 10% planted. With that said, the state should be 60% to 70% planted to corn, with many growers finished. Where conditions have been favorable, corn has emerged and is off to a great start.

Soybeans are lagging behind corn as one could expect. Soybeans however do not seem to be far behind corn. The story of soybeans is similar to corn. Some areas have had ideal planting conditions that allowed growers to plant beans while or after planting their corn. Northeast Ohio like mentioned on corn planting, has not been so lucky. The state should be around 40% planted to soybeans, and they have started to emerge in parts of the state but are not are not as far along as corn currently.

Weather conditions over the next week look to be wet for many parts of the state. This may slow progress as the past few weeks have been very busy for many growers. This however means that Northeast Ohio looks like it may be delayed even more. There has been talks from some growers about switching to shorter season hybrids. It is still early but depending on acres to plant and how long planting is delayed it may be a consideration however. One of the main factors that seems to affect this decision deals with farmers ability to store and dry their own grain. Many growers who have storage and a dryer will plant full season hybrids later than those without. As I said earlier however it is still early to switch full season hybrids for shorter season hybrids.

As we continue with planting season for some and the beginning of growing season for others make sure to take the time to observe your crops. Many things such as emergence and early season vigor can set hybrids apart and should be noted and followed throughout the season. Programs such as Advantage Acre® or Climate Fieldview can assist you with in season management decisions. If you have any questions or concerns make sure to contact your DSM or Agronomist, and thank you for your continued support of LG Seeds.

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