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Corn acres could be highest in decades

Nebraska’s corn farmers intend to plant 9.5 million acres of corn this year, an increase of 350,000 acres from last year’s 9.15 million acres, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

“If realized, this would be the most corn acres planted by Nebraska’s farm families since the early 1930s, surpassing the recent high of 9.4 million planted in 2007,” said Kelly Brunkhorst, the Nebraska Corn Board’s director of research.

“Farmers respond to market demands and as demand increases, so has their intention to plant more acres and to produce more corn from those acres by increasing yields,” he said. “It’s an incentive for farmers to innovate, to produce more corn more efficiently while sustainably managing crop inputs.”

Nationally, USDA said farmers intend to plant 92.2 million acres this year, up 5% from last year’s 88.2 million acres and 7% more than in 2009 when 86.4 million acres were planted.

“Providing weather allows farmers to get rolling over the next few weeks, this would be the second-highest planted acres since 1944 and the most since 93.5 million acres were planted in 2007,” Brunkhorst said.

In Nebraska, Brunkhorst said farmers typically get started planting in mid-April and wrap up as quickly as possible in May.

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