Nebraska, Nation, Looking at Record Corn Production
(the Nebraska Farmer) … USDA estimates that Nebraska corn farmers will bring in 1.55 billion bushels of corn this year and average 169 bushels per acre. Both numbers would be records–with production surpassing the 1.47 billion produced in 2007 and yields surpassing a record of 166 set in 2004.
“There should be no question that farmers are not only good at what they do, but that they are doing it better each and every year,” says Don Hutchens, executive director the Nebraska Corn Board. “Farmers in Nebraska and across the country are producing more bushels from the same acre of land than ever before, and in the process they are using fewer resources and doing it in an environmentally responsible way.” …
National numbers follow similar trend lines. “We are at the brink of 13 billion bushels of corn nationally. We reached that figure in 2007 yet we’re right there again this year. The difference, though, is that farmers may produce about that much corn this year on 6 million fewer harvested acres,” Hutchens says. “There should be no question about whether corn farmers are capable of delivering enough production for food, feed and fuel for Americans, and still have corn to export to other countries, and even have a healthy reserve.”
Hutchens says claims of corn ethanol causing food price increases just don’t add up when corn prices are half last year’s record highs while ethanol production is at an all time high and headed toward 10.5 billion gallons by year-end. READ MORE