The government's yearly survey found that Illinois corn growers expect to plant 11.4 million acres of corn this year. That's down 700,000 acres from last year, the largest acreage slide of any of the nation's ten top corn-producing states.
Still, Illinois farmers estimate they will plant about 10.1 million acres of soybeans, up six percent from the 9.5 million acres planted last year.
Officials attribute the lesser corn plantings in most states to high fertilizer and fuel costs that have some producers switching to crops requiring cheaper input.
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