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Rainy Summer Wrecking Farm Industry

Corn harvest
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The corn harvest could be down this year due to the wet weather.

All of this summer's rain isn't just ruining your outdoor plans—it's taking a toll on Ohio's $100 billion farming industry.

Ohio’s largest industry is taking a big hit thanks to this summer’s wet weather. Ohio Farm Bureau spokesman Joe Cornely says a lot of the state’s corn and soybean crops didn’t get planted in time, and those that did are getting drowned out.

“The loss, or potential loss, of the corn and soybeans will be severe for the farmers that are growing it,” says Cornely. “For you and I who go to the grocery store, we probably won’t even see it.”

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


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. Most recently, 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 served on the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Board of Directors from 2007 - 2009.
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