Corn is at the top with soybeans when it comes to Ohio agriculture. 

What You Need To Know

  • Dry conditions have allowed corn to be planted earlier than normal

  • 95 percent of corn in northern Oho is in the ground

  • We need rain during July for a good corn yield

  • Harvest for Ohio corn is in late September through October

A soggy spring can destroy one of our most valuable resources but not this year.

This year most of the corn for northern Ohio is already planted thanks to a very mild but dry spring.

For Cleveland, there have been 7.12 inches of rain so far for meteorological spring which is March, April and May.

Last year (2020) spring saw more than double the amount of rain with 16.04 inches of rainfall.

If it's too wet farmers have to wait for the soil to dry. 

"We're ahead of schedule," said Lee Beers, an extension educator in Trumbull county for Ohio State's college of food, agriculture and environmental sciences.

Beers says the longer the corn is in the ground, the better the yield.

He said we had two very long stretches of dry weather that have helped farmers get corn planted. 

There have been some cold temperatures and even snow so he says some replanting is necessary.

The latest drought data shows parts of northern Ohio in abnormally dry conditions and parts of Lucas, Williams and Fulton counties in a moderate drought.

While a dry spring gave farmers, the chance to get corn planted early, Beers says for success we need rain during pollination time which is in mid-to-late July.

If it continues to be dry through summer, this may be a problem.

It's too early to tell how good Ohio's corn crop will be but we know we're off to a good start and definitely in better shape than last year.

The typical corn harvest in Ohio is late September through October.