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Corn farmers expecting record year

A new report just released by the USDA is projecting a record harvest for this year's corn crop.


A

new report just released by the

USDA

is projecting a record harvest for this year's corn crop.


W

hich would be good news for the industry that faced major losses last summer due drought conditions through the midwest.


"

When we got our rains in June our corn popped out of the ground

," Pat McGuire, Royal Farms owner said.



"W

e got our heat early and it turned out and grew

."


P

erfect weather over the last couple of months has dimmed the dreary outlook once projected

in northern Michigan due to

a very wet spring.


"

It was a little but challenging during early spring to get the corn in the ground

," Greg Shooks, Shooks Farms owner said.



"

We got a lot of moisture at that time not allowing us to get into the fields and plant

."


A

ntrim
County farmers say this years crop is looking like it will surpass last season.


T

he
USDA is reporting that nationwide the corn crops yield this year will be 28-percent higher than 2012.


"

The
Iowas and Indianas and North Dakotas of the world have a great crop and they are catching up and they are paying off bills from last year that they had a bad crop on," McGuire said.


T

hey say if mother nature continues to cooperate the odds of a record season are more than likely.


B

ut they do caution consumers

,

saying it

'

s still too early to determine if prices will be impacted.


"

There are so many things that could happen during the harvest all throughout the country

," Shooks said.



"There are

a lot
of factors that play into the price and the final consumer price, at this point it's too early to tell."


I

f all goes as planned for farmers around the country

,

the
USDA is projecting a harvest of nearly 14 billion bushels of corn in 2013.

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