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