The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is predicting that world corn production will rise by the end of the year, leading to a 43.4-million ton increase in corn production for 2010/2011, reports the Des Moines Iowa Register.
Strong foreign production coupled with increased demand from ethanol plants is leading to an increase in the amount of corn produced. The projection will likely lower the price of corn slightly, reports the news source. The crop has been selling at about $6 per bushel as of late, though it was up beyond $7 per bushel earlier this year.
For next year, the USDA predicts a record high in global corn production, though it says that the U.S. appears to be on track to produce 3.5 million fewer tons of corn.
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