Record Year for Soybean and Corn Farmers

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Mississippi farmers grew more soybeans and corn per acre in 2012 than ever before.

U.S. Agriculture Department statistics show soybean yields rose to 42 bushels per acre, while corn yields rose to 156 bushels per acre.

Mississippi saw healthy crops at the same time that many Midwestern farmers were struggling with drought. That means large crops were sold for high prices. Agricultural economist John Michael Riley of Mississippi State University forecasts that's likely to boost the state's farm revenue this year to $7.5 billion once federal farm supports are included. That's 9 percent higher than last year's $6.9 billion.

On the strength of the bumper crop, soybeans are forecast to become the state's second most valuable crop, moving past forest products. Poultry and eggs remain Mississippi's most valuable agricultural product.