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Heavy Rain Could Mean Big Hit To Ohio Corn Crop

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A June 22 crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says widespread heavy rains the previous week halted most fieldwork in Ohio.

Extensive flooding and heavy rains have affected corn fields across Ohio and left growers contending with the possibility of lost or damaged crops.

An Ohio State University Extension agronomist says the flooding and ponding could kill some corn crops. Agronomist Peter Thomison says those who don't lose crops immediately could face stalk or root rot later in the season.

A June 22 crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says widespread heavy rains the previous week halted most fieldwork in Ohio. The report said muddy, saturated fields prevented producers from being able to spray and fertilize and has caused concerns about pest and weed problems.

Continuing rain that kept growers from replanting fields washed out by prior rains also has caused concern that there won't be time to replant.