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Record Corn Crop Likely

DES MOINES, IA (AP) - The wet start to the planting season may reduce the amount each acre produces this year, but farmers are planting so much corn right now they're still likely to bring in a record crop.

In a report released today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates farmers would bring in 14.1 billion bushels of corn this year, that's a billion bushels more than the previous record set in 2009.

The USDA expects farmers to grow an average of 158 bushels per acre, a 3.4% reduction from the 163.6 bushels predicted in February.  The downward adjustment is due to delayed planting caused by a cold, wet spring.

Farmers are planting more than 97 million acres of corn, the most since 1936.  That's why even an average yield would result in a record crop.

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