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Associated Press, Published January 12 2011

Report: Weather a factor in decreased corn yields across U.S.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Corn production across the U.S. dropped 5 percent in 2010 and analysts say wet weather and above average temperatures contributed to the decline.

The United States Department of Agriculture's 2010 crop report released Wednesday shows corn production totaled 12.4 billion bushels last year with average yields falling to 152.8 bushels per acre. But event with the drop, last year was the third largest corn crop on record.

Wisconsin and Minnesota set record yields in 2010, but the rest of the corn belt saw decreased production. Despite reduced yields, Iowa remained the nation's top corn producer.

Soybean production dropped just 1 percent in 2010 to 3.33 billion bushels and 43.5 bushels per acre.

Wheat and grain sorghum production also fell in 2010 but cotton production increased.

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