This Year’s Corn Crop Second Largest in Seven Decades

“Knee high by the Fourth of July.” The Fourth of July has historically been the measuring stick to judge the quality of the corn crop, but that isn’t the case anymore. Aside from a few areas damaged by water, most corn is at least knee high, some waist high in our listening area.

Farmers nationwide have planted the second largest corn crop in almost seven decades. In all, 92.3 million acres have been planted, according to the Agriculture Department. Analysts had worried that wet weather this spring may have held down the acres planted. Record high prices though are encouraging farmers to choose corn over soybeans this year. Corn rose to a record high $7.99 per bushel earlier in June.