Farmers consider how much corn to plant

Discussion in 'In the News' started by Chuck, Mar 29, 2008.

  1. Chuck

    Chuck just the messenger

    Decision could force poultry, beef and pork companies to raise prices...not much more land to grow additional corn.

    [xfloat=right][/xfloat]AP - March 28, 2008

    Des Moines, Iowa - As spring planting nears, farmers are making a choice that could affect what Americans pay for everything from car fuel to chicken wings.

    If they choose to plant as much corn as possible, prices that have soared to record highs above $5 a bushel could stabilize. But if many farmers rotate their plantings to other crops such as soybeans, or the season is disrupted by bad weather or drought, the price of this key ingredient could soar even further.

    That would leave other food producers — especially poultry, beef and pork companies, where corn feed comprises up to three-quarters of their operating costs — with little choice but to raise their prices as well… [rm][/rm]
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2008

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