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Agronomic Crops Network

Ohio State University Extension


Regional Updates: October 17 – 23, 2023

Corn field waiting to be harvested

Corn harvest across Ohio continues to be stalled by high moisture, and Sclerotinia stem rot (white mold) continues to reveal its impact on soybean yields in parts of northern Ohio. Hear more from OSU Extension Educators and Specialists on field conditions in their regions.

Southeast Ohio
Soybean harvest in the region is moving right along with favorable yield reports according to Muskingum County ANR Extension Educator Clifton Martin. Elevated moisture levels continue to slow corn harvest, but growers are pleased with corn yields so far. Wheat planting continues across southeastern Ohio as the area had its second light frost on October 23.

Central & West Central Ohio
Darke County ANR Extension Educator Caden Buschur reports that corn has been slow to dry down in western Ohio as well. Before scattered showers set in on Thursday, growers continued to apply manure, lime and poultry litter and continue corn and soybean harvest.

Northwest Ohio
Kendra Stahl of Crawford County shared on behalf of Agronomic Crops Team members in Northwest Ohio, that 70% of soybean harvest is complete with average yields. Corn harvest is 20% complete with few yield reports thus far, and moisture at about 25%. Most of the area received about an inch of rain that once again put a pause on further harvest progress. Wheat planting, late forage harvest, and tillage also continued this past week in northwestern Ohio.

Northeast Ohio
Trumball County ANR Educator Lee Beers reports that soybean harvest continues as corn harvest is just ramping up.  Rain delayed harvest for both crops over the weekend. White mold has impacted soybean yields in fields where it is present. Tar spot continues to be reported, but very few fields had yield limited by the disease. Much of Northeast Ohio experienced the first killing frost of the year on Sunday night into Monday. Rain was widespread over the weekend with over half an inch of rain covering many areas.

This will be the last regional update for the 2023 cropping season, and we will resume reports next spring

Crop Observation and Recommendation Network

C.O.R.N. Newsletter is a summary of crop observations, related information, and appropriate recommendations for Ohio crop producers and industry. C.O.R.N. Newsletter is produced by the Ohio State University Extension Agronomy Team, state specialists at The Ohio State University and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). C.O.R.N. Newsletter questions are directed to Extension and OARDC state specialists and associates at Ohio State.