After last summer’s devastating drought, farmers across the Corn Belt are optimistic about this year’s corn harvest, hoping that this year’s milder weather may help them recover from the recent drought.
Last year, farmers across the country hoped to plant the largest corn crop in recent history. The 2012 crop, taking advantage of increased demand from ethanol production, was intended to be the largest since the 1940s. These plans failed to sprout, however, thanks to a devastating and unprecedented drought that dried up fields and withered crops.
Without federal crop insurance programs, many farmers across the country might have been forced out of business.
With increased rainfall in many Corn Belt states and an overall milder summer, many farmers are optimistic that this year will see better results. According to US Department of Agriculture forecasts, farmers will likely harvest 13.8 billion bushels of corn this year, an increase of 80 billion from last year.
“It looks like it’s going to be pretty good, even with all the rain we had,” said one Ohio farmer.
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Written by: Justin Ellison / Farm Plus Staff Writer