Record corn, cotton and rice yields seen in Mississippi

Mississippi farmers have been harvesting fields heavy with crops.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is forecasting record yield per acre for Mississippi’s corn, cotton and rice crops. Corn production is projected to reach nearly 147 million bushels, surpassing the 135 million bushels harvested in 2007 for the state’s largest corn crop ever.

Farmers are expected to harvest 180 bushels of corn per acre, up almost 10 percent from 165 bushels per acre in 2012. The 2012 yield itself was a record, said agricultural economist Brian Williams of Mississippi State University. He said summer weather wasn’t as hot as it could have been, and thus the corn wasn’t stressed during the crucial parts of the growing season.