2013 Was Great Year For Ohio Growers

UPDATED: Thursday January 2, 2014 8:51 AM

A just-right amount of rainfall in 2013 pleased Ohio growers.

The right amount of rainfall at the right times made for a big boost in corn production in Ohio and nationally last year.

It was welcome, too, after a too-wet 2011 and a too-dry 2012.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that nearly 14 billion bushels of corn were produced in 2013.

Ohio's estimated 631.6 million bushels of corn last year would be a 40 percent boost from 2012. In the 49 years from 1964-2012, Ohio's corn production averaged 381.2 million bushels.

The state's farmers say December's precipitation has helped set up the soil for a solid start to the spring.

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