AGRICULTURE: Corn Hangover

As dawn broke over Illinois' cornlands last week, Farmer John Landers, 38, who owns 400 acres near Grand Ridge, opened wide the throttle of his big International tractor and roared into a 20-acre cornfield. The three heads on his $2,400 corn picker attacked the tall standing rows of corn. Long before Farmer Landers had made even one turn around the field, the trailer hitched to his tractor was overflowing with fat, golden ears. His expected yield: 90 bu. to the acre, v. less than 60 last year.

Enticed by U.S. corn-price supports that place no limit whatever on acreage, U.S....

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