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US maize area set for 60-year high

US farmers are expected to plant 90.5 million acres (36.6 million ha) of maize this year, according to the USDA's March survey of planting intentions. If fulfilled, the maize acreage would be 15.5% greater than in 2006 and the largest area for more than 60 years. The previous record crop of 95.5 million acres was planted in 1944, the USDA points out.



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