LANSING (WILX)-- Despite the wet start to spring corn farmers are likely to bring in a record crop this year. The United States Department of Agriculture predicts this years crop will beat the 2009 year record by a billion more bushels. A total opposite type of season from last year.
The USDA predicts 97.3 million acres will be planted with corn in the U.S. this year, more than ever before. But there is still a long season ahead says Michigan Corn Association President Scott Lonier. Michigan has planted less than 10% of it's corn crops so far this year. Because of the weather Michigan is 20% behind where farmers typically are at this time of year.
"You never know what mother nature has in store. You always have potential at the start of the season and it just get worse as it goes on," said Lonier.
The USDA has factored in the recent rains and expect farmers to grow an average of 158 bushels per acre. That's a 3.4% reduction from the 163 bushels predicted in February. Even with the reduced prediction it is still on track to be the biggest crop ever, more than 14.1 billion bushels.
The extra corn would be able to replenish the surplus that was depleted from last years drought and leave plenty left over.
"We would put a little more into ethanol production and invest more in overseas. In Europe and China they are growing more cattle and need the feed," said Lonier.
Even if the fields have an exceptional year, it's still unlikely you will see a change in your grocery bill.
"If the predictions are true I'll be selling corn for $4-$5 dollars a bushel this fall. That means your grocery bill should technically be cut in half, but I would be very surprised if that happened," said Lonier.
Lonier says gas prices are the main reason for keeping the corn prices in the grocery store high.
If the weather is sunny and there's not a lot of rain these next few weeks most of the corn fields in Michigan should be planted by the end of the month.