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.