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Farmers to Plant Largest Corn Crop in MN History

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MANKATO, Minn. -

As farmers in the state prepare for spring, a new survey predicts they will be planting a massive amount of corn.

According to the U.S. Agriculture Department, once Minnesota farmers can get in the field, they intend to plant the largest corn crop in state history.

Farmers expect to plant 9 million acres, that's 4 percent more corn than last year's record crop.

Ag expert Kent Theisse says "Part of that is economics, the gross dollars you can earn on an area of corn is higher than soy beans, so as we see land cost increase for buying lands, for land rents, we've seen a trend to a little more corn acres."

Theisse says corn prices are expected to stay strong in the short term, but if the crop starts looking good by mid summer with a large supply we could see prices drop.