Corn, Soybean Planting in Ohio Lagging Behind Averages

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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 U.S. Department of Agriculture says corn crops were 20 percent behind the five-year average for planting as of Monday. Soybeans were 18 percent behind the five-year average.

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.