Most farmers intend to plant a mix of corn and other crops according to a recent Farm Journal Pulse.
Spring planting has kicked off in southern states and is just a few months away for much of the Midwest. What will farmers plant this spring?
According to a recent Farm Journal Pulse, a text message survey, most farmers will plant half of their acres or less to corn. More than 1,300 respondents answered the question: What percent of your acres will be planted to corn?
Here are the full results:
- 1-25% of acres: 15%
- 26-45% of acres: 20%
- 46-55% of acres: 30%
- 56-75% of acres: 19%
- 76-99% of acres: 4%
- 100% of acres: 4%
- None: 9%
See the results on an interactive map:
More Soybeans in 2014
USDA is expecting a surge in soybean acres this year and a decrease in corn acres, compared to last year. During its annual Agricultural Outlook Forum, USDA pegged this year’s acreage mix to be:
- U.S. corn plantings of 92 million acres, compared with 95.4 million acres in 2013
- 2014 U.S. soybean plantings of 79.5 million acres, compared with 76.5 million in 2013
- 2014 U.S. wheat sowings of 55.5 million acres, compared with 56.2 million in 2013
- 2014 U.S. plantings for all cotton of 11.5 million acres, compared with 10.4 million in 2013
Farmers are expected to shift a significant numbers out of corn and toward soybeans this year, according to one market analyst. However, the annual acreage battle is always a wild card as you never know what Mother Nature will do.