Higher production and more planted acres in South America are helping to offset drought conditions in Africa and Australia, keeping corn prices steady, the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) says.

“The latest reports show that producers around the world are responding to higher prices by planting more corn,” said NCGA President Ken McCauley. “This is more proof that we can meet the world’s growing demand for food and fuel.”

According to the latest World Agriculture Supply and Demand Estimates published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), South American producers are preparing to plant more of their winter crop acres to corn, in response to higher prices.

U.S. corn producers are expected to plant 90.5 million acres of corn this spring — the highest acreage planted in 63 years.

McCauley said the message is clear. “The market has spoken, and corn producers will respond,” said McCauley. “There should be plenty of corn for all needs.”