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The area in the United States planted to corn in 2004 is estimated at 79.0 million acres. This is a slight increase from 2003. This trend is up from last year due to growers hoping to take advantage of increasing prices in the Corn Belt. In areas such as the Southeast and Southern Great Plains the number of acres planted to corn is decreasing, while soybeans and cotton are becoming more common because of favorable prices. Nebraska corn growers are expected to plant 8 million acres of corn in 2004, down slightly from previous years.