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DTN Ag Business Benchmark
Marcia Zarley Taylor DTN Executive Editor
Wed Feb 20, 2013 12:25 PM CST


There's a reason western Corn Belt farmers aren't pre-selling their 2013 crops too soon this year: They can smell another drought in the making. Sure they know some marketing consultants are predicting sub-$4 corn by harvest, but growers west of the Mississippi I visited with at meetings so far this winter see little chance of trend line yields in the heart of corn country, even if corn planting hits 100 million acres.

In Northwest Iowa--the epicenter of Iowa's pork belt and home to cattle feedlots-- some rural water systems are discussing rationing plans and moving earth to collect more ...

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