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U.S. corn growers could surpass 1937 acreage record (enough to cover almost all of CA)

Echo Park: Chili and lime.
Echo Park: Chili and lime.
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In an alternate universe, we might be living in Calicornia.

Up four percent from last year, corn growers plan to claim 95.9 million American acres for their stalks in 2012, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

If accomplished, it would be it the largest area planted since 1937.

Notes the L.A. Times, that's enough corn to cover, "nearly the full acreage of California." (According to the report, he state is only expected to account for 640 acres, however.)