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Corn remains state's No. 4 crop, though prices drop

(MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
(MSU Ag Communications/Kat Lawrence)
Reported by: WTVA News
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Updated: 12/19/2013 12:18 pm
MISSISSIPPI STATE, Miss. (WTVA) -- Corn remained Mississippi's No. 4 crop, despite a decrease in value due to reduced commodity prices.

The crop was valued at an estimated $631 million in 2013 and set a new production record in the state with an average yield of around 180 bushels per acre, which Erick Larson, Extension grain crops agronomist, said was a reflection of the outstanding 2013 growing season.

John Michael Riley, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said corn prices dropped from $6.89 to $4.40 per bushel when it was believed the crop would break records.

Economists said the entire national corn crop set a production record this year, and next year’s numbers are expected to be almost as high.
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