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PREVENTED ACRES: The first report on prevented plant acres shows how hard hit New York farmers were by this year’s cold, wet spring.

New York farmers hit hard by prevented plantings

The cold, wet weather prevented 18% of the Empire State’s corn from being planted.

Mother Nature prevented 18% of New York state’s corn from being planted this spring, according to the first prevented plant report released Monday by the Farm Service Agency.

More than 245,000 prevented plant acres in New York have been reported so far, including 153,033 acres of corn and 69,933 acres of soybeans. Overall, 848,000 corn acres and 214,000 soybean acres were reported to New York FSA. A slightly higher number of corn and soybean acres were noted in the National Agricultural Statistics Service’s Crop Production Report — 970,000 and 240,000 acres — which was released the same day as the FSA report.

NASS estimates of planted area are always larger than certified acres reported by FSA because of definitional differences and the fact that some producers do not participate in USDA programs and do not report their acreage to FSA.

New York farmers are expected to harvest 510,000 acres of corn this year, according to the NASS report, but that number will likely change in future reports.

The state was hardest hit in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast by a late spring that was plagued by unseasonably cold temperatures and constant storms.

The expected corn yield is 154 bushels an acre, down slightly from last year, but overall production is expected to drop 23% to 78.54 million bushels.

Pennsylvania farmers fared better with 45,587 prevented plant acres including 29,853 acres of corn, 11,650 acres of soybeans and 3,836 acres of wheat.

NASS estimates that 960,000 acres of corn will be harvested with an expected yield of 149 bushels an acre, up 6% from last year, and total production of 143 million bushels, up 7.5% from last year. Again, these numbers will likely change in future NASS reports.

Go online to read the full FSA prevented plant report and the full USDA crop production report.

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