The projected rise in corn production this year will be due mainly to more intense corn rotations in traditional corn-growing areas, not from an expansion of corn acreage, writes Stu Ellis, citing farm-management specialist Gary Schnitkey. "As planted acres increase, this suggests that national expected yield per acre changes because of productivity changes in farmland. However, national expected yield per acre may change because use of more intense corn rotations could impact yields," according to Schnitkey's analysis.

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