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High Corn Prices Stall Midwest Crop Rotation September 30, 2011
Corn on the cob
Corn brings the highest yield of any Midwest crop.
Farmers in the American Midwest are currently harvesting from what could be their most profitable growing season ever due to record high prices for corn and the risky practice of not rotating their crops.

The tantalizingly high prices convinced many Illinois and Iowa farmers to ignore the potential for increased weeds, crop residue and insects that can occur if fields are not occasionally planted with another crop, typically soybeans.

It can also make additional plowing and the increased use of insecticide and fertilizer necessary to offset the usual harvest decline of 10 to 20 percent when crops aren’t rotated, agriculture experts say.

But beneficial late-summer rainfall and favorable commodity prices have paid off, at least this time, despite the risk.

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