Illinois still eying record corn crop

Illinois still eying record corn crop
By: Associated Press
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. -- A wet spring is slowing corn planting across much of Illinois.
But officials today say the hold-up likely won't wash away plans for record corn acreage this year as farmers seek to cash in on high prices fueled by growing demand for ethanol.
Planting is lagging about ten days behind across much of the state due to above-average rainfall that has kept farmers out of soggy fields.
But forecasts for a dry spell later this week could put farmers back on track to sink a record 12.9-million acres of corn forecast this year by the U-S Department of Agriculture.
Officials say farmers can make up ground quickly by logging 12 or 16-hour days.
Farmers say the wet spring will be an advantage once corn is planted, providing subsoil moisture to feed the crop if it dries up this summer.
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