Created on Wednesday, 31 July 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
MANSFIELD, Ohio (AP) — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Ohio corn is in the best shape in years.
The USDA reports that more than three-fourths of Ohio's corn crop was in good or excellent condition as of July 21 — compared to 15 percent at the same time last year when scorching heat caused a drought that threatened crops.
The Mansfield News Journal (http://ohne.ws/166degc ) reports that the soggy weather this summer has produced the best corn conditions in five years.
Morrow County farmer John Linder tells the newspaper that corn in low-lying areas got too much water from the flooding earlier this month, but crops on higher ground should be fine.
Ohio's corn industry supports about 34,000 jobs and generates nearly $359 million in labor income each year.