Dry weather accelerated harvest progress for many field crops, according to Cheryl Turner, Ohio State Statistician for the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. There were 6.2 days available for fieldwork for the week ending October 22, 2017. Dry, warm weather for much of the previous week allowed producers to gain much ground for harvesting soybeans and corn. Some new soybean shoots were reportedly seen in harvested soybean fields due to shattered beans and aborted pods. Winter wheat planting and emergence progressed quickly due to improved weather conditions. Average grain moisture for corn harvested was at 19 percent and soybean moisture was at 12 percent. Final hay cuttings are coming off of fields. The warmer and drier weather provided a slight downgrade in pasture condition.