2009 feed projections at 30 million metric tons

Year's corn crop breaks multiple records

For calendar year 2009, the United States is expected to produce more than 30 million metric tons of livestock feed from a record corn crop, according to the Renewable Fuels Association.

The record-breaking 2009 corn crop of 13.2 billion bushels was produced on 7 million fewer acres than were required to produce the previous record-holding crop, 2007’s 13.0 billion bushels, according to the association.

In the January Crop Production report, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that farmers averaged 165.2 bushels of corn per acre in 2009, shattering the previous record of 160.4 in 2004.

"Despite unfavorable weather conditions from start to finish, farmers produced considerably more corn than the food, feed and fuel markets are demanding," said Bob Dinneen, president of the Renewable Fuels Association.

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