Farmers planted an estimated 84.3 million acres of corn and 80.7 acres of soybeans this spring, but as expected, not all those fields will be harvested.
In data released Wednesday by the Farm Service Agency, farmers also reported 2.35 million prevent plant acres in corn and 2.22 million prevent plant acres in soybeans.
Nearly half of those prevent plant acres for soybeans came from Missouri, where farmers struggled this spring with heavy rains, flooded fields, and ground that just never seemed to dry out. As of early September, it added up to 1.049 million soybean acres that just never got planted. Missouri farmers also reported more than a half-million acres of cornfields in prevent plant.
Get Pro Farmer Editor Brian Grete's reaction to the report here:
Overall, the Show-Me State had 1.7 million acres of crops, including cotton, sorghum and rice, in prevent plant, according to the report.
No other state even came close. Here are the top five states with the most total prevent plant acres:
- Missouri: 1,699,753 acres
- Texas: 804,873 acres, with nearly half of those in upland cotton.
- Arkansas: 705,068 acres, split between rice (268,847 acres), corn (189,822 acres), soybeans (104,306 acres) and wheat (93,586 acres).
- Illinois: 494,745 acres, with the greatest number in soybeans (230,944 acres), wheat (175,107 acres) and corn (87,468 acres).
- Mississippi: 321,574 acres, with the majority (240,582 acres) in corn.
Did you take prevent plant for any of your fields this year? Let us know in the comments.