Growers say US corn crop for 2013 may set records

07 February 2013 00:24  [Source: ICIS news]

LAS VEGAS, Nevada (ICIS)--The US corn crop for this year may set records for acreage planted and carryout, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) said on Wednesday.

As long as weather patterns normalise, some analysts have predicted that farmers will plant 98-99m acres of corn, with a carryout of up to 2bn bushels.

“With normal weather ... we can outproduce the market easily,” said NCGA CEO Rick Tolman. “We need to get back there now.”

Tolman said the 2012 drought was especially challenging for the eastern Corn Belt, which includes Ohio and Indiana.

He said those states are recovering now, but added the drought has gotten worse for the western Corn Belt, which includes Nebraska and Kansas.

By: Bobbie Clark
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