April 9, 2019
USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Prospective Plantings report was released at the end of March, revealing what farmers across the U.S. intend to plant and how those acres will compare to previous years.
Here’s a breakdown of what Minnesota farmers are expected to plant this year:
Corn. Minnesota farmers intend to plant 8 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2019. This is 100,000 more acres of corn than last year.
Soybeans. Farmers in Minnesota intend to plant 7.3 million acres of soybeans, down 6% or 500,000 acres from 2018.
Wheat. Spring wheat producers intend to plant 1.5 million acres, down 80,000 acres from last year.
Oats. Minnesota oat producers intend to plant 170,000 acres of oats, down 10,000 acres from 2018.
Barley. Minnesota farmers intend to plant 80,000 acres of barley, no change from the previous year.
Hay. Minnesota farmers intend to harvest 1.5 million acres of all hay in 2019, up 280,000 acres or 23% from last year.
Sugarbeets. Minnesota farmers intend to plant 417,000 acres of sugarbeets this year, up 2,000 acres from 2018.
Sunflowers. Producers in Minnesota intend to plant 51,000 acres of sunflowers in 2019, down 1,500 acres from 2018. Oil sunflower intentions, at 45,000 acres, are equal to 2018. Non-oil sunflower planting intentions, at 6,000 acres, are down 1,500 acres from last year.
Across the U.S.
Nationally, prospective corn plantings for all purposes in 2019 is estimated at 92.8 million acres, up 4% or 3.66 million acres from last year. Compared with last year, planted acreage is expected to be up or unchanged in 34 of the 48 estimating states.
Soybean planted area for 2019 is estimated at 84.6 million acres, down 5% from last year. Compared with last year, planted acreage is down or unchanged in 26 of the 29 estimating states.
All wheat planted area for 2019 is estimated at 45.8 million acres, down 4% from 2018. This represents the lowest all wheat planted area on record since records began in 1919.
The 2019 winter wheat planted area, at 31.5 million acres, is down 3% from last year but up 1% from the previous estimate. Of this total, about 22.4 million acres are hard red winter, 5.5 million acres are soft red winter, and 3.5 million acres are white winter.
Area planted to other spring wheat for 2019 is estimated at 12.8 million acres, down 3% from 2018. Of this total, about 12.4 million acres are hard red spring wheat. Durum planted area for 2019 is estimated at 1.4 million acres, down 31% from the previous year.
The Prospective Plantings report provides the first official survey-based estimates of U.S. farmers’ 2019 planting intentions.
NASS’s acreage estimates are based on surveys conducted during the first two weeks of March from a sample of approximately 82,400 farm operators across the United States with more than 3,100 from Minnesota.
Actual plantings will depend upon weather, economic conditions and the availability of production inputs at the time producers make their final planting decisions.
Source: NASS Minnesota Field Office, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.
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