Corn Harvest Larger than Expected


Colorado’s corn harvest is well under way with farmers reporting excellent yields across much of the state.

USDA reports 1.21 million acres of corn production in Colorado, an increase of 220,000 acres over 2009, according to the Colorado Corn Growers Association.

“Yield estimates are generally very good from farmers that finished harvesting or are in progress. I think we’ll have statewide yield averages that surpass the USDA estimate,” said Mark Sponsler, executive director for CCGA.

“U.S. corn farmers will be able to meet all demands for food, feed, fuel and exports,” the National Corn Growers Association said in response to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s reduced projection for 2010 corn production. “The harvest of 12.7 billion bushels, the third-largest crop in history, will still provide a surplus, or ending stocks, of nearly 1 billion bushels.”

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