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Record Corn Crop Predicted for 2012By Kentucky Equine Research Staff · March 22, 2012

Though the planting season is just getting underway, the U.S. corn harvest is expected to set a record of 13.9 billion bushels in 2012. This total would be 6% larger than the current record crop grown in 2009, according to the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute. Below-normal yields were seen in 2010 and 2011 due to weather and other factors.

The United States Department of Agriculture expects plantings of all eight major crops—wheat, corn, sorghum, barley, oats, soybeans, rice, and cotton--to increase by roughly 5 million acres, about a 2% expansion, in 2012.