Prospective Plantings Report: Highlights of 9 Key Crops

March 28, 2013 07:32 AM
Prospective Plantings Report: Highlights of 9 Key Crops

Corn: Record high corn acreage is expected in Arizona, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota, and Oregon. Conversely, most States in the Corn Belt, which experienced severe drought in 2012, expect slightly less planted acreage.

Soybeans: Compared with last year, planted acreage intentions are down across all of the Great Plains, with the exception of North Dakota, as drought conditions have persisted in many of these areas. If realized, the planted area in New York, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania will be the largest on record.

Winter wheat: The 2013 winter wheat planted area is estimated at 42.0 million acres, up slightly from the Winter Wheat Seedings report. Of the total acreage, about 28.9 million acres are Hard Red Winter, 9.67 million acres are Soft Red Winter, and 3.39 million acres are White Winter.

Cotton: Growers intend to plant 10.0 million acres in 2013, down 19% from last year. If realized, planted area in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico, and Oklahoma will all be record lows.

Sorghum: Growers intend to plant 7.62 million acres of sorghum for all purposes in 2013, up 22% from last year. Kansas and Texas are the leading sorghum States and account for 77% of the expected United States acreage.

Canola: Producers intend to plant 1.65 million acres in 2013, down 6% from 2012. If realized, planted area in the United States will be the second largest on record. Compared with last year, planted area is expected to increase in five of the seven major canola-producing states.

Rice: Area planted to rice in 2013 is expected to total 2.61 million acres, down 3% from 2012. Higher prices for competing commodities contributed to the expected decline in rice acres compared with last year. Area planted to rice in Arkansas, the largest rice-producing State, is 5% below the previous year. In Mississippi, growers intend to plant 8% fewer acres to rice than in 2012. In Texas where drought conditions persist, a record low acreage is expected to be planted.

Peanuts: Growers intend to plant 1.19 million acres in 2013, down 27% from the previous year. The expected decrease in planted area is largely driven by lower peanut prices and high supply.

Barley: Producers intend to seed 3.63 million acres of barley for the 2013 crop year, down slightly from the previous year. If realized, this will be the fifth smallest seeded area on record. Record low acreage is expected in Michigan.

See USDA's full 2013 Prospective Plantings report.


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