Farmers intend to plant more corn & soybeans

The NASS surveyed nearly 80,000 farm operators across the nation during the first two weeks of March.
EDITED BY ANNE BLANKENBILLER
NASS Prospective Plantings report shows farmers intend to plant more corn and soybeans

Producers surveyed across the United States intend to plant an estimated 91.1 million acres of corn in 2021, up less than 1% from last year, according to the Prospective Plantings report released today by USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS).

Planted acreage intentions for corn are up or unchanged in 24 of the 48 estimating states. The largest increases are expected in the Dakotas, where producers intend to plant a combined 8.90 million acres, an increase of 2.00 million acres from 2020. Producers across most of the Corn Belt intend to plant fewer acres than last year. If realized, the planted area of corn in Idaho and Oregon will be the largest on record.

Soybean growers intend to plant 87.6 million acres in 2021, up 5% from last year. If realized, this will be the third highest planted acreage on record. Compared with last year, planted acreage is expected to be up or unchanged in 23 of the 29 states estimated.

The Prospective Plantings report provides the first official, survey-based estimates of U.S. farmers’ 2021 planting intentions. NASS’s acreage estimates are based on surveys conducted during the first two weeks of March from a sample of nearly 80,000 farm operators across the nation. Other key findings in the report include the following:

  • All wheat planted area for 2021 is estimated at 46.4 million acres, up 5% from 2020. This represents the fourth lowest all wheat planted area since records began in 1919.
  • Winter wheat planted area, at 33.1 million acres, is up 3% from the previous estimate and up 9% from last year. This is the seventh lowest planted acreage on record.
  • Area planted to other spring wheat for 2021 is expected to total 11.7 million acres, down 4% from 2020.
  • Durum wheat is expected to total 1.54 million acres for 2021, down 9% from last year.
  • All cotton planted area for 2021 is expected to total 12.0 million acres, less than 1% below last year.

The Prospective Plantings and all other NASS reports are available online at www.nass.usda.gov.

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