CORN POPPING: The U.S. Agriculture Department predicted a record corn harvest of 14.8 billion bushels and a record yield of 166 bushels per acre. However, a number of issues such as a hot, dry summer could affect the crop before harvest.

PRICE BREAK? Consumers may get a break from higher food prices if the forecast proves true. Corn futures would fall and that could result in lower supermarket prices for products that use corn.

GRAINS, BEANS: The forecast calls for a 12 percent increase in wheat production. Soybean production also should expand but supplies are expected to remain tight.

Due to the overwhelming enthusiasm of our readers it has become necessary to transfer our commenting system to a more scalable system in order handle the content.