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Nation's corn harvest in many states exceeding expectations; farmers credit rain, cool temps
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Thursday, October 10, 2013 2:25 PM EDT
DES MOINES, Iowa
Farmers in many states are surprised at the abundance of corn coming from their fields, and record harvests are likely in many states including Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, and Ohio.
The best crops are in areas with adequate rain and where corn pollinated amid cooler temperatures.
The positive surprise is welcome after the dismal harvest for many farmers last year when drought spread across the country reducing corn and soybean crops.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates this year's harvest to bring in 13.8 billion bushels of corn, beating the 2009 record of 13.1 billion bushels. Some analysts believe farmers may exceed the estimates.