Drought Brings Down Forecasts From Ohio Farmers

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A lack of rain is taking a toll around Ohio, including the water-starved Ohio Canal in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Northeast Ohio.(Photo: Flickr)
A lack of rain is taking a toll around Ohio, including the water-starved Ohio Canal in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Northeast Ohio.(Photo: Flickr)

Mapping The U.S. Drought

Map of U.S. drought conditions

View an NPR interactive map and chart to see how conditions have changed since January 2011.

Ohio farms are suffering from a continued lack of rain.

The national drought is being called the worst since 1956. So far, Ohio isn’t as hard-hit as neighboring Indiana, but in western Ohio especially, farmers have already written off much of their crop. For a closer look at how farmers are coping, Ohio Public Radio’s Bill Cohen spoke with Ryan McClure, who farms 4,000 acres in Pauling County.

Click the play button above to hear their conversation.

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