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Sanderson Farms CEO: 2012 Could Be Critical

Wednesday, 15 Dec 2010 | 1:26 PM ET

A top agriculture analyst on Wednesday said corn could climb to $6.50 a bushel in 2011, but a top executive at Sanderson Farms said that's not his biggest concern.

"What's important to us is to not be in a disadvantageous position relative to our peers. The big deal is what's going to happen to the 2011 crop," explained Joe Sanderson, chairman and CEO of Sanderson Farms .

Call to the Floor: Sanderson Farms CEO
Sanderson Farms CEO Joe Sanders tells the "Fast Money" traders how higher feed costs will impact his company and its peers in 2011.

"If the industry, if the country doesn't make a good crop in 2011, then we'll be facing a very critical situation in 2012. Our balance sheet can tolerate 2011."

Sanderson pointed out that corn isn't anywhere near $6.50 a bushel right now and although prices are rising, he said no one is certain where they'll go. The Laurel, Miss.-based company is unhedged for 2011, but the 62-year-old executive said they're factoring in higher prices in the coming years.

To see the full interview with Sanderson, watch the video.

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