TIFFIN, OH — A new report shows Ohio farmers were prevented from planting over 1.4 million acres in 2019, with Seneca County farmers alone being prevented from planting over 70,000 acres in 2019 — the fourth highest out of all Ohio counties.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report says that of the over 1.4 million acres statewide, 880,992 of them were corn and 598,981 acres were soybeans.
This number marks the most prevented plant acres reported since the USDA began releasing the report from its Farm Service Agency back in 2007.
“Agricultural producers across the country are facing significant challenges and tough decisions on their farms and ranches,” said Bill Northey, USDA Under Secretary for Farm Production and Conservation said. “We know these are challenging times for farmers, and we have worked to improve flexibility of our programs to assist producers prevented from planting.”