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Ohio Farmers Rebound From Delay

Keeping crops, such as corn in this field in Dougherty County, properly irrigated has become a challenge for area farmers.

Keeping crops, such as corn in this field in Dougherty County, properly irrigated has become a challenge for area farmers.

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio has a record corn crop in the ground as farmers have recovered from a cold, wet spring that delayed planting.

Spokeswoman Natalie Lehner with the Ohio Corn & Wheat Growers Association calls the rebound "amazing." She tells The Columbus Dispatch many farmers got all their planting done during four warm, dry days in June.

The newspaper reports U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates show Ohio has an all-time high 3.5 million acres planted with corn, up from 3.45 million acres last year.

The department said Thursday that farmers nationwide have put in the second-largest corn crop in nearly seven decades. Record-high prices for corn have encouraged farmers to use more acres for that crop, and less for soybeans and wheat.

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