Toledo, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s farmers are projected to haul in a much bigger corn crop this fall over that of a year ago.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture said Ohio should have the nation’s seventh biggest corn crop with 632 million bushels, which would be about a 40 percent increase over 2012.
Farmers in the state on average are projected to get 174 bushels per acre. A year ago, the average yield in the state was 123 bushels per acre.
How that breaks down depends a lot on location.
Farmers tell The (Toledo) Blade that yields will vary quite a bit because of strong summer storms that drenched some fields.
“It’s kind of a mixed bag, considering the weather we had,” said Mike Libben, a farmer in Oak Harbor, which is just east of Toledo.
The U.S. agriculture department expects 2013 to end with a record corn harvest nationwide, predicting that farmers will bring in a little less than 14 billion bushels. That would be a 30 percent increase over a year ago when many corn-producing states suffered through a long drought.
The record yield will have a negative effect on prices.
Ohio State University agricultural economist Barry Ward said that when farmers choose to sell their corn will have a big impact on how much money they make. He said some farmers who marketed most of their corn later are likely to see less profit or even losses.
“Some of that yield may offset it. It's going to be a mixed bag, I think, as far as what we’re seeing in Ohio,” Ward said. “With the better yields, though, I would suspect we’re going to see profitability with most people, even with these lower prices.”
Alan Sundermeier, Ohio State University’s agricultural extension agent for Wood County, said some areas on northwest Ohio’s farm belt saw decreased yields but most farms had an above average crop.