The U.S. Department Of Agriculture (USDA) Just Announced Dismal News For Ohio Corn Farmers
This last year has been very difficult for farmers across the country. With natural disasters wrecking havoc on growing seasons, Ohio has been dramatically affected. On Saturday the USDA announced that they believe Ohio’s corn crops will see a 34% decrease from this time last year.
Cheryl Turner an expert in statistics with the USDA, made the announcement according to her research. Turner said that the current corn bushel count in Ohio is at 409 million bushels. Turner said that is the lowest amount of corn bushels in Ohio since 2008. Cheryl also says unfortunately these numbers should not come as a complete surprise to anyone. The excessive wet spring, filled by a mild drought in Ohio and other places, drastically impacted the growing season.
Entire swatches of the Northwest part of the state, left several acres unable to plant this season. The USDA says for the entire state of Ohio 1 in 7 acres remain unplanted. Turner, said that is the highest rate of unplanted acreage in the country.
About 2/3 Of The Crops In Ohio Are In Very Poor, Poor Or Fair Condition
Some farmers tried to get in ahead of the curve and plant early, but still fell short of projected planted acres. Ohio farmers have been pleading with state lawmakers to get them help to see them through this year, into the next. Several counties in Ohio were declared disaster areas over the summer.
Ohio farmers are hoping they can get some federal aid money to help with losses. The governor declared 40 counties as disasters areas due to the unprecedented heavy rains. The USDA has to officially declare the counties as disaster areas in order for farmers to get emergency money.
The agency that oversees the emergency loans is the ‘Farm Service Agency.’ They can’t act until the areas or counties have been officially declared disaster areas. In addition to the Northwest part of the state the Central part and the Southeastern part have also been affected by the flooding.
In Addition To Corn Crops Being Drastically Decreased. Soybeans Are Also Much Lower This Year
Experts say that the year 2019 will go down in history as the most challenging year for farmers in the United States. Some Ohio farmers have spent their summer assessing the damage to the soil on their farms and how they can recover.
Millions of acres of corn, soybeans and other crops have been unable to be planted in the corn belt. Joe Nester, a certified crop adviser from Williams County, Ohio, has worked in the agriculture field for more than 42 years. Nester said ‘he’s never seen anything like the past year in more than four decades’. He said farmers went into the season with ground already saturated with water.
Nester says that even crops that were able to be planted, will have much lower yields than expected. Furthermore, Joe said in the past it was only ‘pockets’ of areas that couldn’t be planted. ‘Now it’s whole areas, and entire farms’.