Ohio Farmers Overcome Tough Growing Season

Corn and soy beans yields are expected to be higher than originally feared.(Photo: Vermario (Flickr))
Corn and soy beans yields are expected to be higher than originally feared.(Photo: Vermario (Flickr))

Ohio farmers say they’re enjoying a better than expected harvest following a growing season that brought one challenge after another.

Ohio Farm Bureau Federation spokesman Joe Cornely says corn and soybeans yields should be fairly normal, despite conditions that he says could have spelled “out and out disaster” for crops.

Farmers first had to deal with a rainy spring that hampered planting. Then, a sizzling summer was hard on crops, and that was followed by a cool and wet September that fostered disease.

Cornely says technological advances helped farmers withstand all the adverse weather.

Corn specialist Peter Thomison with the Ohio State University Extension Office says farmers hope the current run of warm weather lasts, so they can harvest their crops before a major frost.

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