Day 1: June 27, 2020
9th Annual US Corn Belt Crop Tour Summary of the State of Ohio
The 2020 9th Annual U.S. Corn Belt Crop tour route in the state of Ohio started in Toledo and travelled to Columbus south to Middletown, OH. It was 81F, cloudy and rainy on day 1 June 27th and 80F cloudy/rain in the morning of day 2 June 28th. It appears that most fields were planted in 2020 vs. 2019 so there will be less PP (Prevent Plant) acres with no plant population issues. Surplus soil moisture is down from 43% on April 20 to 3% on June 22 according to the USDA but timely rains have resulted in green, lush, healthy crops. There are no crop stress nor disease pressure.
However, frost, wet/cool conditions first week of May resulted in later planted corn and earlier planted soybean acres. Some soybeans plants are just as high as corn plants for end of June. 95% of the corn acres are waist high or lower with a very small % chest high. Corn is short and late for this time of the year with a large % knee to ankle high. USDA rates OH one of the 5 lowest rated states for crop conditions. Despite an earlier start that 2019 planting conditions were not ideal. Corn plants were much shorter than expected despite the earlier start with very little corn head high by July 1! A large % of the corn pollination will be at the end of July/early August.