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A July 19, 2012, file photo shows a corn field near Springfield, Neb. The USDA is releasing its first estimate of the 2013 crop size in its spring planting report on Thursday, March 28, 2013. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, file) Copyright 2012, The Associated Press

USDA: Highest corn acreage since 1936 expected

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Farmers intend to plant 97.3 million acres of corn this year, the most since 1936, the USDA's spring planting survey said Thursday.

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The survey said the 2013 corn planting forecast is up slightly from last year's 97.2 million acres.

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