Late rain helps salvage grain yields after dry, hot summer

CLEVELAND - Farmers and agriculture experts say late summer rain appears to have largely salvaged grain corn and soybean crops after a hot, dry summer that created drought conditions in much of northern Ohio.

While the rain helped avert disaster, farmers across the state are dealing with low commodity prices caused by record-setting harvests in other Midwest states.

A specialist with the Ohio State University Extension in northeast Ohio's Wayne County says drought conditions and low commodity prices have been a "double whammy" for some farmers.

Agriculture and food processing is Ohio's largest industry, contributing $105 billion to the state's economy each year and is responsible for employing 1 in 7 workers.

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