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Spotlight: Corn yields on the rise in Western New York

Local corn yields are up, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. In New York’s western region, including the Rochester area, the yield of corn grown for grain rose 22.4 percent from 2007 to 2008. Orleans County’s yield per acre grew 23.4 percent, from 128 bushels to 167. The yield in Genesee County rose from 113 bushels an acre to 143, a 21 percent increase. Acreage planted with corn for grain changed little for the region, although it rose 19 percent in Orleans County and fell 6.7 percent in Ontario. The USDA tracks data for numerous crops, including hay, oats and soybeans. Monroe County data for 2008 was not available.
-Julia Dickinson

09/11/09 (C) Rochester Business Journal. To obtain permission to reprint this article, call 585-546-8303.

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