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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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