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Corn still king in area despite soybean boom
Adult and juvenile sandhill cranes walk through a waterlogged soybean field along County M, north of Browntown Tuesday. (Times photo: Anthony Wahl)
MONROE - Soybean prices are up significantly this year and have led farmers nationwide to plant record numbers of the tiny bean, but farmers in Green and Lafayette counties are sticking with corn. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farmers planted 84.8 million acres of soybeans nationally, which was nearly 11 percent more than last year's 76.5 million acres. Corn was planted nationally on 91.6 million acres, nearly 4 percent less than last year's 95.4 million acres.