2015 Prospective Plantings Preview

On March 31, USDA will release its forecast for planted acreage across the country in the department's annual Prospective Plantings report. What should farmers expect? Below, take a look at past planted acreage numbers and read 2015 outlooks for six key regions.

(Data source: USDA)

Scroll over the highlighted states to see planted acreage for key crops.

Read 2015 planting outlooks for six key regions.





Spring Planting Preview: Farmers Play Waiting Game with Markets, Mother Nature

By Alison Rice
This may be one of those years when the March 31 Prospective Plantings report ends up providing only a hint of the harvests to come.


Upper Midwest


Spring Planting Preview: Early Planting Likely in Upper Midwest

By Fran Howard
But memories of 2012's drought are keeping farmers cautious.



Spring Planting Preview: Soggy Spring in Delta May Lead to More Soybeans

By Fran Howard
Cotton acreage is also expected to decline due to falling prices.



Spring Planting Preview: Northeast States Swing Toward Soybeans

By  Sara Schafer
Consistently cold springs combined with a higher profit potential are swaying farmers in the Northeast to plant soybeans this spring.



Spring Planting Preview: Big Acreage Swings Possible in Tennessee, Kentucky and North Carolina

By  Ben Potter

In the Midwest, talk of “corn vs. soybeans” has dominated the conversation. But head a bit further south, and those two grains are just two voices in a much larger chorus of crop options.


Great Plains

Spring Planting Preview: Only Minor Shifts Likely in Plains

By  Linda Smith

When it comes to spring planting in the Great Plains states, weather is the top concern.



Spring Planting Preview: Lots of Uncertainty, but Little Change Expected in I-States

By  Alison Rice

In the rich soil of Iowa, Indiana and Illinois, planting decisions usually come down to just corn or soybeans. But that doesn't necessarily make the choice any easier.


Check back with AgWeb on March 31 for full coverage of the Prospective Plantings report.