Ohio farmers ignored the prevent planting date of June 5 in droves this year in hopes of capitalizing on high corn prices. While the crop has potential, it is severely lagging in development and it will create some anxious moments for Buckeye state farmers between now and the end of the growing season.
Normal frost date in northwest Ohio is September 25, says Bill Bayliss, a farmer from Logan County, Ohio, and a veteran scout on this year's Pro Farmer Midwest Crop Tour. "If we can get through until October 25, I think we'll be OK. If we get a frost on September 15, or even a normal frost of September 25, we could be looking at a disasater."
Ohio was a big question heading into this week's tour. Despite the fact that more thna 60 scouts covered the fields, the lack of development is leaving many questions open.
Brian Grete, Sr. Market Analyst with Pro Farmer and East Tour director, says yield potential should become more evident as the tour progresses to the west. In short, Ohio remains a crap shoot and we won't know the odds until harvest is well underway.