2013 was great year for Ohio growers

Last year provided just the right amount of rainfall for farmers in Ohio, a vast improvement over 2012, when precipitation was 40 percent less.

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — A just-right amount of rainfall in 2013 pleased Ohio growers.

The right amount of rainfall at the right times made for a big boost in corn production in Ohio and nationally last year.

It was welcome, too, after a too-wet 2011 and a too-dry 2012.

The Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/1l3QYN1 ) reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that nearly 14 billion bushels of corn were produced in 2013.

Ohio’s estimated 631.6 million bushels of corn last year would be a 40 percent boost from 2012. In the 49 years from 1964-2012, Ohio’s corn production averaged 381.2 million bushels.

The state’s farmers say December’s precipitation has helped set up the soil for a solid start to the spring.



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