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USDA estimates cotton acreage across the Cotton Belt will be 18 percent down from 2014
<p>USDA estimates cotton acreage across the Cotton Belt will be 18 percent down from 2014.</p>

Cotton, corn, wheat acreage down; soybeans up to record high

Corn, cotton, wheat acreage estimates lower; soybeans up to record level.

Planted acreage estimates for cotton, wheat and corn are down compared to 2014, but soybean acreage is estimated at a record high, according to USDA’s latest crop report released today at noon.

Cotton acreage accounts for the biggest reduction, down 18 percent from last year. Corn planted acreage is off 2 percent; wheat is off only 1 percent and soybeans show a 1 percent jump.

Cotton planted acreage is reported at 9.0 million acres, 18 percent below last year. Upland cotton is estimated at 8.85 million acres, down 18 percent from 2014. American Pima planting is estimated at 148,000 acres, down 23 percent from 2014.

Planted corn acreage for all purposes is estimated at 88.9 million acres, down 2 percent from last year and represents the lowest planted acreage in the United States since 2010.

All planted wheat acreage is estimated to be 56.1 million acres, just a 1 percent drop from 2014. Wheat acreage by type includes:

  • Winter wheat planted area, 40.6 million acres, a 4 percent decrease from 2014 but only 1 percent off the last estimate;
  • Hard Red Winter Wheat accounts for 29.6 million acres;
  • Soft Red Winter acreage estimate is 7.61 million;
  • White Winter is 3.44 million;   
  • Other Spring Wheat 2015 planting is estimated at 13.5 million acres, up 4 percent from last year. About 12.6 million acres of spring wheat are Hard Red Spring varieties. Durum acreage is estimated at1.95 million acres, up 40 percent from 2015.

Soybean planted area for 2015 is estimated at 85.1 million acres, a record high and up 2 percent from last year. Area for harvest at 84.4 million acres is up 2 percent from 2014 and also will be a record high, if realized. Record high planted acreage is estimated in Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.

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