Corn growers in Minnesota intend to plant an estimated 8.7 million acres for all purposes, up 7% from 2011, according to the USDA-NASS Minnesota Field Office.
If realized, corn acreage would be the largest planted on record in the stat, surpassing 8.4 million acres planted in 2007.
Soybean growers intend to plant an estimated 6.9 million acres, down 3% from 2011.
Spring wheat planting intentions are estimated at 1.40 million acres, down 10% from last year.
Oat planting intentions, at 200,000 acres, are up 11% from 2011 planted acres.
Barley planting intentions, at 110,000 acres, are up 57% from 70,000 in 2011.
Sugarbeet planting intentions are up 1,000 acres from 479,000 to 480,000.
All sunflower planting intentions, of 48,000 acres, are up 20% from 2011.
Oil sunflower planting intentions, of 30,000 acres, are up 7% from 2011.
Non-soil sunflower planting intentions, of 18,000 acres, are up 50% from last year.
Across the U.S., corn growers intend to plant 95.9 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2012, up 4% from last year and 9% higher than in 2010. If realized, this will represent the highest planted acreage in the United States since 1937. An estimated 97.2 million acres were planted that year.
Soybean planted area for 2012 is estimated at 73.9 million acres, down 1% from last year and down 5% from 2010. Compared with 2011, planted area is down or unchanged across the Corn Belt and Great Plains with the exceptions of Illinois, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
All wheat planted area is estimated at 55.9 million acres, up 3% from 2011. The 2012 winter wheat planted area, at 41.7 million acres, is up 3% from last year but down 1% from the previous estimate. Of this total, about 29.9 million acres are Hard Red Winter, 8.4 million acres are Soft Red Winter, and 3.5 million acres are White Winter. Area planted to other spring wheat for 2012 is estimated at 12.0 million acres, down 3 percent from 2011. Of this total, about 11.3 million acres are Hard Red Spring wheat. Durum planted area for 2012 is estimated at 2.22 million acres, up 62% from the previous year.
The Minnesota office staff point out that the acreage farmers actually plant in Minnesota and the U.S. may change from those published in this report due to many factors, including availability of credit, commodity prices, changing weather conditions, and the availability of inputs at the time producers must make final planting decisions.
Source: USDA-NASS Minnesota Field Office