95 percent of ancient Ohio was forested. But centuries ago there were also small regions of prairie. Tall grasses and wildflowers were part of the prairie ecology and so were bison. Researchers near Columbus are trying to reestablish a prairie / bison ecosystem.
Bumper Crop Drives Down Corn Prices
Ohio’s bumper crop of corn this year means lower prices for shoppers.
The high corn yields from this year and last year are forcing a drop in prices not seen in the past five years.
John Miyares, a statistician with the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Great Lakes Regional Field Office, says per-bushel corn prices have dropped 38 percent since last July.
The $4.37-per-bushel price last week was the lowest in five years.
Nationally, corn has the potential to reach 2003′s record of nearly 14 billion bushels, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its mid-year report.
Miyares says prices of other crops have fallen sharply as well, with soybeans trading at near 2 1/2-year lows and wheat at near four-year lows.