"Insight: Chasing High Corn Prices, U.S. Farmers Skip Rotations"

"Farmer Brian Schaumburg has planted corn for five straight years in some of the thousands of acres he tends in central Illinois."

"Farmers who eschew crop rotations that help to replenish the soil with nutrients take a risk that yields will decline. But corn prices soared to a record earlier this year, making so-called corn-on-corn crops a worthwhile bet for many farmers in Illinois, the No. 2 U.S. corn state after Iowa.

"Last year and this year, we're seeing a little yield drag but, even so, corn pays," Schaumberg said from the air-conditioned cab of his crop-cutting combine as he mowed down tall corn stalks, gathering kernels of the yellow grain.

Schaumburg was in the early stages of harvest and so far was averaging roughly 180 bushels per acre in fields that grew corn last year, and about 200 bpa in corn fields that were planted with soybeans last year, with both yields in line with his averages during the previous few years."

Michael Hirtzer reports for Reuters September 26, 2011.


Source: Reuters, 09/27/2011