State Farmers say the harvest is better than expected.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) _ Ohio farmers say they're enjoying a better than expected harvest following a growing season with one challenge after another. Ohio Farm Bureau Federation spokesman Joe Cornely says corn and soybeans yields should be fairly normal, despite conditions he says could have spelled ``out and out disaster.''
The Columbus Dispatch reports farmers first had to deal with a rainy spring that hampered planting. Then, a sizzling summer was hard on crops, and that was followed by a cool and wet September that fostered disease.
Cornely tells The Associated Press that farmers withstood all the adverse weather thanks to technological innovations, including seeds that are more weather-tolerant. Corn specialist Peter Thomison with the Ohio State University Extension says farmers now hope to finish the harvest before the first frost.