July 22, 2002 at 9:45 PM EST - Updated July 27 at 1:15 AM
CLEVELAND - Ohio's corn and soybean crops continue to deteriorate under the hot and dry weather, with the need for rain critical in the next few weeks.
The Ohio Agricultural Statistics Service said on Monday that corn appears to be suffering the most, with some stunted fields reported.
Nearly two-thirds of the corn crop is in fair to poor condition. And 15 percent is in very poor condition, up from six percent last week. Last year at this time, only three percent was in very poor condition.
Thirty-five percent of the soybeans are in poor or very poor condition compared to 22 percent last week.
Corn is nearly a week behind its normal development and soybeans about 10 days behind.
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