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Rain Wreaking Havoc On Ohio's Largest Industry

Farming is an industry worth more than $100 billion in Ohio. But all the rain this summer means farmers weren't able to plant all their corn and soybean fields. And what seeds were planted are being drowned.

Ohio Farm Bureau spokesman Joe Cornely says, "The loss, or potential loss, of the corn and soybeans will be severe for the farmers that are growing it. For you and I who go to the grocery store, we probably won't even see it."

However, Cornely says if farmers don't get some kind of dry spell, we could see a big impact on the state's economy.

"Even in the larger metropolitan area of Cincinnati, (there are) lots of food-based companies so it's not going to just be a food supply and price situation. If we do see this continue and it becomes a much more widespread and deeper issue, then it's going to be an economic issue in Ohio as well," says Cornely.

He says we're past the planting date, so all farmers can do is wait and hope for a dry spell.

One bright spot, this week's crop progress report says "berry producers have enjoyed the rain, as irrigation hasn’t been necessary."

Credit USDA
This is the USDA Ohio Crop Weather Report for the week ending July 12.

Tana Weingartner earned a bachelor's degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati and a master's degree in mass communication from Miami University. Prior to joining Cincinnati Public Radio, she served as news and public affairs producer with WMUB-FM. Ms. Weingartner has earned numerous awards for her reporting, including several Best Reporter awards from the Associated Press and the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists, and a regional Murrow Award. She enjoys snow skiing, soccer and dogs.