As of Aug. 1, the Farm Service Agency (FSA) disclosed that 7.71 million acres were reported as prevented planting for the 2013 crop season. That’s a sharp rise from 2012’s 1.24 million acres.
Chatter in the countryside started back in the spring about farmers choosing to take prevented planting on large numbers of acres.
For corn, Minnesota kicks off the list in prevented planting acres, with 616,671. In USDA’s August Crop Production report, Minnesota is shown to have planted 8.2 million acres of corn.
The North Star State is followed by Iowa with 613,257 reported prevented planting acres. USDA figures Iowa has 13.5 million acres of corn in the ground. Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Wisconsin all have 200,000 plus prevented planting acres. For soybeans, North Dakota is the clear leader in prevented planting acres, with 418,046. Minnesota is second is with 203,760 prevented planting acres.
Prevent plant acres have already bid into the market, explains Art Barnaby, Kansas State University ag economist. Yield will be the driving force now. "I don’t think we’ll make trend yield this year," he says, noting that an early freeze could also reduce harvested acres.
USDA will begin to incorporate the FSA data into its October Crop Production report.
For more information and to download the full report, visit the Farm Service Agency’s website at www.fsa.usda.gov.