Corn, soybean planting in Ohio lagging behind averages


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Agricultural officials say planting of corn and soybeans in Ohio is off to a slow start, with only about a third of the corn crop and 10 percent of soybeans in the ground so far.

The Columbus Dispatch reports (http://bit.ly/25aZByF ) that the U.S. Department of Agriculture says corn crops were 20 percentage points behind the five-year average for planting as of Monday. Soybeans were 18 percentage points behind the five-year average.

The newspaper says cold, wet weather has made fields unfit for planting the state’s two largest crops.

Near-perfect weather last year allowed farmers to plant about three-quarters of their corn over the same period.

A cold, wet spring two years ago also stalled crop plantings. But a mild summer led to record highs in corn and soybean yields.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com