OH farmers get early start on crops amid concerns

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - While Ohio farmers are getting an earlier start to spring planting thanks to a mild and relatively dry winter, they still have weather concerns.

The Columbus Dispatch reports that some worry because there haven't been the types of hard freezes that help control the insect population. Another concern is there won't be adequate rain this spring and summer because of this year's unusual weather patterns.

But there are also positive signs. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says farmers had planted 2 percent of Ohio's corn and 42 percent of its oats as of Monday. That compares with no corn and only 4 percent of oats this time last year. Farmers also haven't had to cope with the heavy rains that delayed most of last year's planting until June.