Cattlemen, Other Farmers Worry as Drought Spreads To Most of State

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio farmers are seeing reduced yields of corn, small fruit, vegetables and hay because of a drought and a late spring freeze.

Ohio Cattlemen Executive Director Elizabeth Harsh says the freeze reduced most hay yields by as much as 50 percent in late May.

Cattlemen are scrambling to buy hay and other feed as worries grow about a shortage this winter.

In some other states -- such as Kentucky -- cattlemen are starting to sell parts of their herds because of the feed shortage. Stan Smith of the Ohio State University Fairfield County Extension office says Ohio cattlemen are beginning to sell their cows.

Three-fourths of Ohio is in a moderate drought.