The hefty ear of corn Jason Swede held in his hands is packed with rows of plump, golden kernels. He gestured toward the field it came from.
"It'll probably go 240, maybe 260 bushels an acre," estimated Swede, who goes by the name Jay.
That's a solid yield range for most anywhere in the Corn Belt. Thing is, Swede's field is nestled in the rolling hills of upstate New York. The second-generation farm is just 65 miles southeast of Niagara Falls, near the small town of Pavilion.
Swede chuckled when asked what he wishes farmers in other parts of the ...