My View From The Country

Lots Of Acres

Despite all the concern about too much moisture during planting, USDA’s latest crop estimate put the number of acres planted to corn at the second-largest figure since 1944, up 5% compared with last year and just slightly below the record acreage number set in 2007.

USDA estimates that 92.3 million acres were planted to corn and, with a projected yield of 158.7 bu./acre, the expected corn harvest will hit 13.47 billion bu. The report caught the trade by surprise, as most analysts were predicting somewhere between 89.5 and 91.5 million acres.

It’s a long time to harvest and Mother Nature will have to cooperate for everything to fall into place. But it seems that’s true every year. We need a record crop to avoid new record prices, but it appears we are in position for that to happen.

What's My View From The Country?

As a fulltime rancher, opinion contributor Troy Marshall brings a unique perspective on how consumer and political trends affect livestock production.


Troy Marshall

Troy Marshall is a multi-generational rancher who grew up in Wheatland, WY, and obtained an Equine Science/Animal Science degree from Colorado State University where he competed on both the livestock...

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