Crop Flop: 7 Million Prevented Planting Acres

August 15, 2013 11:09 AM
Crop Flop: 7 Million Prevented Planting Acres

The initial forecast by the Farm Service Agency shows 7.711 million acres as prevented planting for the 2013 crop season.

Chatter started way back in the spring about farmers choosing to take prevented planting on large numbers of acres. Now the Farm Service Agency has quantified that amount.

As of Aug. 1, 7.711 million acres have been reported to FSA as prevented planting for 2013. That’s a sharp rise from the 1.238 million acres the agency said were unplanted in 2012.

Here’s the commodity breakdown for prevented acres reported to FSA:

  • Corn: 3.411 million
  • Wheat: 1.743 million
  • Soybeans: 1.619 million
  • Rice: 408,737
  • Cotton (ELS and upland): 218,714
  • Sorghum: 173,258
  • Barley: 116,067
  • Oats: 12,701
  • Sugar beets: 7,572


For corn, Minnesota tops the list in prevented planting acres, with 616,671. With its August Crop Production report, USDA estimated 8.2 million acres of corn are planted in the state. Iowa is next in line with 613,257 prevented planting acres. USDA estimates 13.5 million acres of corn are planted in Iowa.

Prevented planting acres surpass 200,000 in all of these states: Illinois, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Wisconsin

For soybeans, North Dakota is the clear leader in prevented planting acres, with 418,046. Coming in second is Minnesota, with 203,760 prevented planting acres.

Visit FSA's site to download the full report.

FSA will update its estimates on Sept. 17, Oct. 16, Nov. 13, Dec. 13 and a final report will be posted by USDA about Jan. 15, 2014. USDA will begin to incorporate the FSA certified acreage data into its October Crop Production Report.


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8/15/2013 08:16 PM

  Holy smokes Bullwinkle, that's a lot of acres!


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