2013 was great year for Ohio growers

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

The right amount of rain at the right times made for a big boost in corn production in Ohio and the rest of the nation last year. It was welcome, too, after a too-wet 2011 and a too-dry 2012.

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

“It was a very good year, especially for the corn crop,” said Joe Cornely, spokesman for the Ohio Farm Bureau. “We had a lot of high yields, and in some areas of the state there were record high yields.”

The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that nearly 14 billion bushels of corn were produced in 2013, a record. That’s almost 30 percent more than 2012, when there were widespread drought conditions.

During a five-month period in the middle of 2012, at least two-thirds of Ohio was constantly experiencing some form of drought. Much of the state did not fully pull itself from dry conditions until December 2012.

Farmers say precipitation this past December has helped set up the soil for a solid start to the spring.

Even though December is outside the growing season, growers say precipitation in any month is helpful for the farming industry. Farmers said it’s important to help the soil for the coming months by building up groundwater.

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