Farmers plan record corn acreage

Farmers plan record corn acreage

Farmers will plant 97.3 million acres of corn this year, the most since 1936.

The overall corn acreage forecast is up slightly from last year’s 97.2 million acres and reflects a shift in where the grain is grown. Acreage in some states hit hardest by last year’s drought retreated, while Southern states such as Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas are shifting cotton acres to corn.

Record corn acreage is expected in Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Arizona, Minnesota and North Dakota. Iowa, the nation’s leading corn producer, will plant an estimated 14.2 million acres in corn, the same as last year. And Minnesota is up 3 percent to 9 million acres.

Read more at The Register-Guard.

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