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USDA: Illinois growers to plant less corn, more beans

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ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The USDA says Illinois farmers expect to plant 5 percent fewer acres of corn than last year even as growers across the country plan to devote the most acreage to the grain since before World War II.

The spring planting survey released Thursday says Illinois growers will sow 12.2 million acres of corn, down from 12.8 million in 2012.

The amount of soybeans to be planted in Illinois is expected to rise 4 percent, to 9.4 million acres from roughly 9 million last year.

Nationwide, farmers intend to plant 97.3 million acres of corn this year—the most since 1936 and up from last year's 97.2 million acres. The report says U.S. farmers plan to plant 77.1 million acres in soybeans, down slightly from 2012's 77.2 million acres.

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