Corn crop could be 7% smaller

From Times Wire Services

Corn production this year could be down as much as 7% from the record-breaking heights of 2007, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report.

The report projects that farmers will harvest about 12 billion bushels of corn this year. About one-third of the harvest will be directed toward ethanol production, the USDA estimates.

The revised projections came as wet weather in the Corn Belt slowed plantings.

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