(Posted Thu. Mar 28th, 2013)

Keywords: Plantings USDA

Mar. 28: American farmers expect to plant 145,000 more acres of corn in 2013, a slight increase from 2012, according the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Prospective Plantings report released today. If realized, it will be the highest corn planting in the United States since 1937, when 97.2 million acres were planted. In recent years, the record corn planting was in the spring of 2012 when U.S. growers planted 97.155 million acres. “While farmers struggled with drought last year, they remain resilient and dedicated to producing an abundant corn crop in 2013,” National Corn Growers Association First Vice President Martin Barbre said. “This report shows that the innovative American farmer understands the increasing global demands of corn for food, feed, fuel and fiber and that they see the importance of meetings those needs.” The USDA’s estimate for 2013 is for 97.3 million acres to be planted in field corn. Assuming the five-year average 91 percent harvest rate holds and the...