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Minnesota is among the states expected to set a record for corn acreage in 2013. Minnesota is up 3 percent to 9 million acres. Planting season is approaching, but it won’t be real soon, as this snow-covered corn field shows Thursday along Kandiyohi County Road 5 west of New London. Tribune photo by Ron Adams

USDA expects this year’s corn acreage to be the highest in more than eight decades

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Farmers intend to plant 97.3 million acres of corn this year, the most since 1936, the USDA’s spring planting survey said Thursday.

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