Farmers around Arkansas are feeling optimistic about the chances of corn producing a healthy harvest this year. Nationally, corn hit a record yield in 2017 and prices averaged $3.50 per bushel, making corn among the best paid of the major row crops.
Arkansas may not be part of the traditional corn belt of the U.S. but still makes a great place to grow corn, according to Bono farmer Tyler Nutt. He said much of corn’s success is due to Arkansas’s status as the second most poultry-producing state with almost unlimited demand for corn to feed chickens.
“You put a pencil to it, and whatever pays out better, that’s typically the crop you plant,” Nutt said.
He said corn is also good for the soil, and needs far less water than rice.