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After a challenging growing season, farmers were surprised last week when USDA-NASS revised its bushel-per-acre average for corn upward, further depressing prices. In his weekly column, Stu Ellis said the surprising numbers have nothing to do with fertilizer or acreage and everything to do with genetics. “A 175 bushel per acre national yield average in 2017 is a testament to the efforts of corn breeders from nearly every seed company, not just the big-name few,” Ellis said. (Herald & Review)

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