U.S. corn planting may reach a record 95 million acres as farmers in the Midwest could begin planting three weeks ahead of schedule amid warm weather, Agritel says

LOS ANGELES , March 22, 2012 () – U.S. corn planting may jump to a record of more than 95 million acres, according to the head of Paris-based farm adviser Agritel, Bloomberg reported March 22.

Farmers in the Midwest may begin planting corn more than three weeks ahead of schedule amid unusually warm weather, said Michel Portier, CEO of Agritel.

Planting corn crops earlier could be favorable for crops as it generally lends itself to earlier and bigger harvests, but earlier plantings run the risk of being damaged by frost, Portier said.

U.S. corn stockpiles could double at the end of 2012-2013 if the increased planting area sees a “satisfactory” harvest, Portier said.

The primary source of this article is Bloomberg, New York, New York, on March 22, 2012.

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