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Thursday, August 09, 2012

Oregon's field corn production has doubled since 2000, and the drought in the Midwest may increase that number even more.

The value of corn grown for livestock feed and silage was nearly $109 million in 2011, moving field corn into the top 10 list of the state's most valuable crops. The figure does not include sweet corn, which people eat. It's a $33 million annual crop in its own right, but is counted as a separate commodity.

Agriculture officials say the high cost of livestock feed is driving the increase in field corn production. Instead of buying corn-based feed, dairy farms and feed lot operators are growing their own.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

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