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USDA says less corn will be planted this year

By Julie Bierach, KWMU

SAINT LOUIS, MO – According to a report issued Monday, the US Department of Agriculture expects farmers nationwide to plant less corn this year, and that could mean higher prices at the grocery store.

But in Missouri, farmers will still plant one of the largest corn crops in history.

The report says farmers nationwide intend to plant 86 million acres of corn this year, that's an 8% drop from 2007.

Gary Marshall, CEO of the Missouri Corn Growers Association says despite lower expectations, Missouri farmers will plant 3.1 million acres of corn.

"Well in Missouri we anticipate having about 10-percent less corn acres than last year. But that still will put us at the second highest number of acres in history for Missouri," said Marshall.

Marshall says because of the high cost of fertilizer and fuel to plant corn, some farmers are electing to plant soybeans instead. But because soybean prices are falling, they anticipate higher actual plantings than what is stated in the report.

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