As of last week, the 2013 planting season has officially begun in Pike County. Farmers took to the fields with a limited number of cooperative weather days to get as much seed in the ground as possible. Some sources are saying they expect U.S. farmers to harvest record corn and soybeans crops this year as the growers recover from last year’s drought.
Local USDA/FSA official Roger Colbert explained that making this prediction so early in the season can be difficult.
“The record ‘yield’ could be a bit tricky, depending on the context,” Colbert said. “The per acre yield may or may not be record breaking but the total production might.”
Colbert continued, saying the later than normal start of corn planting, due to wet weather, is feared to reduce the amount each acre produces this year. However, farmers across the nation are planting so much of the crop that bringing in a record amount at harvest is likely.
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