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Record Corn Crop Predicted Across The United States

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By Brandon Redmond

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The USDA is projecting that the United States could see the highest corn crop since 1936. Record corn average is also predicted in Idaho.

"Our yields continue to increase slowly every year with technology and better farm practices and like that however the total number of acres within a particular crop don't tend to shift a lot," said Steve Hines from the University of Idaho Extension Office.

Over a million more acres of corn is projected for this year compared to 2012. While the added corn crop is good for consumers, it can have some negative impacts. Corn prices fell Thursday after the report was released, as it showed there was 7 percent more corn stockpiled than expected.

"Certainly what happens on the national scale effects the prices here in Idaho and as we would expect with a higher than average carryover or a higher than expected carryover and then a record number of acres planted this year, we would expect nationally that the price of corn is likely to go down," said Steve Hines from the University of Idaho Extension Office.

Despite projections, Mother Nature will still determine how this year's crops turn out.

"You know they can project the higher acres but as I look at some of the information on the drought monitors across the United States, it looks like in some of the states there's going to be some easing but it doesn't look like the drought situation across the bulk of the United States is going to be over," said Steve Hines from the University of Idaho Extension Office.

Farmers across the nation are hoping for one thing. And end to the drought.