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See how many prevented plant acres there are in your county

Get a look at prevented plant acres per county in New York, New England and the Mid-Atlantic.

Chris Torres, Editor, American Agriculturist

August 19, 2019

2 Min Read
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ROUGH SPRING: A cold, rainy spring prevented hundreds of thousands of acres from being planted in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. ghornephoto/Getty Images

More than 245,000 prevented plant acres have been reported in New York state, by far the largest amount of any state in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

But it’s not widespread across the state. Most of the prevented plant acreage is in the northwest part of the state, in the counties hugging Lake Ontario between Syracuse and Rochester, and in the northern part of the Finger Lakes.

Niagara County farmers reported 38,231 prevented plant acres, the most of any county, with 23,237 prevented plant corn acres. The next four prevented plant counties were Ontario County, 20,714; Livingston County, 19,180; Orleans County, 19,143; and Monroe County, 17,045.

Overall, 18% of the state’s corn was not planted due to the unusually cold and wet spring.

We have mapped out the prevented plant acreage by county in New York and we will update the map as additional reports come in next month and in the fall.

The darker the markers, the more prevented plant acres there is.

Like New York, most of Pennsylvania’s prevented plant acreage is in the northwest part of the state. Mercer and Crawford counties saw the most prevented plant acreage, with 8,608 acres and 5,406 acres prevented, respectively. The vast majority of the acreage was corn and soybeans.

Burlington County, N.J., reported 3,323 prevented plant acres, mostly soybeans.

Kent County, Del., reported 2,443 prevented plant acres, mostly corn.

We have mapped out the prevented plant acreage in the Mid-Atlantic and we will update the map as more reports come in.

More than 7,400 prevented plant acres were reported in Addison County, Vt., the most of any county in New England.

We have also mapped out prevented plant acreage for New England. The darker the markers, the more prevented plant acres there are.


About the Author(s)

Chris Torres

Editor, American Agriculturist

Chris Torres, editor of American Agriculturist, previously worked at Lancaster Farming, where he started in 2006 as a staff writer and later became regional editor. Torres is a seven-time winner of the Keystone Press Awards, handed out by the Pennsylvania Press Association, and he is a Pennsylvania State University graduate.

Torres says he wants American Agriculturist to be farmers' "go-to product, continuing the legacy and high standard (former American Agriculturist editor) John Vogel has set." Torres succeeds Vogel, who retired after 47 years with Farm Progress and its related publications.

"The news business is a challenging job," Torres says. "It makes you think outside your small box, and you have to formulate what the reader wants to see from the overall product. It's rewarding to see a nice product in the end."

Torres' family is based in Lebanon County, Pa. His wife grew up on a small farm in Berks County, Pa., where they raised corn, soybeans, feeder cattle and more. Torres and his wife are parents to three young boys.

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