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Michigan farmers plant fewer acres of corn

Michigan farmers plant fewer acres of corn this year after poor weather, falling prices
Posted on July 14, 2014 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on July 14, 2014 at 6:26 a.m.

LENOX TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan farmers have reduced the amount of land they use for growing corn, but yields are expected to remain around or above average due to advancements in seed, fertilizers, pesticides, machinery and production practices.

The Detroit News reports ( ) weather and falling market prices caused farmers to start growing corn later than usual this year. Michigan’s corn farming area has shrunk by about 10,000 acres to 2.24 million.

Macomb County farmer John Rhein of Lenox Township says he went from roughly 400 to 350 acres of corn. He says the corn he planted is progressing well in the recent warm weather.

Although cold and soggy weather in May delayed farmers from planting, June’s temperatures, with highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s, were ideal for growing corn.

An acre of corn in Michigan produces about 155 bushels, while the national average is about 159 bushels.

American farmers planted 91.6 million acres of corn nationally this year. That’s down 4 percent from 2013.

The price of corn has also fallen. Corn futures for September recently closed under $4 a bushel, among the lowest in four years.

Lower corn prices will likely have more of an impact on farmers than consumers. Many farmers are opting to plant and grow other crops to make up for this year’s corn losses.

Information from: The Detroit News,

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