Farmers hand pick sweet corn on in Olathe, Colorado.
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The U.S. corn harvest will be bigger than previously forecast, the U.S. Agriculture Department said on Monday, as the government issued a surprise boost to its yield estimate despite ongoing concerns in the country about a wet spring and dry summer limiting production.
For the 2019/20 crop year, the corn harvest will total 13.901 billion bushels, based on an average yield of 169.5 bushels per acre, the USDA predicted in its monthly supply and demand report.
Corn futures briefly fell their daily trading limit as analysts had been expecting the government to lower its estimate of corn…