by Greg La Barge, Fulton County
Not surprisingly the NASS-Crop Progress Report showed minimal progress in planting for Ohio in the past week. Ohio was at 11% planted on corn with the US at 79% planted and Iowa 98%, Illinois 90% and Indiana 49%. The full report can be found at http://usda.mannlib.cornell.edu/usda/current/CropProg/CropProg-05-23-2011.pdf
Decisions will be many and require a big picture view of your operation over the next 2-3 weeks. A website I would encourage you to look at often in this time period is on our Agronomic Crops Team Website. A page is entitled Decision Resources and Tools for 2011 Late Planting with a direct link of http://agcrops.osu.edu/links/2011-late-planting-resources/decision-resources-and-tools-for-2011-late-planting is in place to house a variety of information based on question we are getting across the state. We will be updating the site with current agronomic production and crop insurance information you can use to make an informed decision that is best for your farm.
One thing I have noted is this is one of the most complicated issues we have ever faced. There are many nuances to decisions such as prevented planting that will be made and information will be the key. The highlighted website will be updated frequently and have a wealth of information.