Small 2012 corn surplus may keep prices high

Corn estimated at 848 million bushels

An expected small 2012 U.S. corn surplus of 848 million bushels will likely keep food prices high, according to reports. Prices increased by 4.5% in 2011 and are forecast to rise by as much as 3.5% in 2012, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The estimated corn surplus will satisfy demand for fewer than 25 days — 30 days is considered a healthy supply. The U.S. soybean surplus is predicted to come in at 230 million bushels, a 28 day supply.