U.S. Farmers Expect to Plant Record-High Soybean Acreage

Charlie Ingram Posted on 04/11/2017 by Charlie Ingram

Producers surveyed across the United States intend to plant an estimated 89.5 million acres of soybeans in 2017, up 7 percent from last year and a record high, according to the Prospective Plantings report released March 31 by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). If realized, soybeans will surpass the previous record of 83.4 million acres planted in the United States last year.

Planted acreage intentions for soybeans are up or unchanged in 27 of the 31 estimating states. The largest increase is expected in Kansas with 5 million acres, an increase of 950,000 acres from 2016. If realized, the planted area of soybeans in Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Wisconsin will be the largest on record.

Corn growers intend to plant 90 million acres in 2017, down 4 percent from last year, but 2 percent higher than in 2015. Expected returns for corn are anticipated to be lower compared with other crops in 2017.

The Prospective Plantings report provides the first official, survey based estimates of U.S. farmers’ 2017 planting intentions. NASS’s acreage estimates are based on surveys conducted during the first two weeks of March from a sample of approximately 83,300 farm operators across the United States.

Since 1972, NASDA has been a partner with NASS in providing timely, accurate and useful statistics to U.S. agriculture. Under our NASS-NASDA cooperative agreement, NASDA employs more than 3,000 enumerators across the country who collect agricultural data on behalf of NASS.

Other key findings in the Prospective Plantings  report are:

  • All wheat planted area for 2017 is estimated at 46.1 million acres, down 8 percent from 2016.
  • Winter wheat planted area, at 32.7 million, is down 9 percent from last year but up 1 percent from the previous estimate.
  • Area planted to other spring wheat for 2017 is expected to total 11.3 million acres, down 3 percent from 2016.
  • Durum wheat is expected to total 2 million acres for 2017, down 17 percent from last year.
  • All cotton planted area for 2017 is expected to total 12.2 million acres, 21 percent above last year.

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

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