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USDA says corn crop will not suffer from wet spring

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - The USDA says the nation’s overall corn crop will not suffer because of an extremely wet spring in Wisconsin and other parts of the Midwest.

The government said Friday that corn has been planted on almost 97-and-a-half million acres around the country – and the expected harvest is just over 89-million bushels.

Both numbers are higher than they were three months ago, despite the fact that Wisconsin has planted 150,000 fewer acres of corn due to the wet weather.

Minnesota was down by 300,000 acres, Iowa 200,000, and Kansas 100,000 acres.

As it turns out, other states planted more corn than projected. Texas and Nebraska farmers each put in an additional 300,000 acres.Michigan added an extra 200,000 acres.

At least some people believe the USDA’s total corn figure is too high.

Jerry Main of Fairfield Iowa said a lot of corn was replanted – and he says those fields will harvest only 80-percent of what they could have brought in without the replanting.