According to USDA estimates, the corn yield in 2012 was 123.4 bushels per acre, down from 147.2 bushels per acre in 2011, a 13% drop.
Missouri farmers plant 3 1/2 million acres of corn annually, Myers said. Those numbers likely will be down this year even though record snowfalls, as well as heavy rains in March and early April, increased soil moisture at depths below 3-4 feet.
The March 28 report from USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service says U.S. corn growers intend to plant 97.3 million acres of corn in 2013, slightly more corn than last year and 6% more than 2011. According to the report, this would represent the highest planted acreage in the U.S. since 1936, when an estimated 102 million acres were planted.
Myers noted that 2012 was the first year that drought-resistant seeds were sold. Yields showed the seeds had value in some situations, but more testing is needed.
In addition to temperatures slowing planting, some farmers are taking a wait-and-see attitude on anhydrous application due to seasonably late snowfall and moisture.
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