It appears Wisconsin crop producers are following the national trend and deciding to go corn in 2007. The state's agriculture department announced its annual spring prospective plantings report on Monday, which showed that farmers in the Badger State intend to plant 10% more acres to corn, and less acres on crops such as soybeans, oats and barley.
If realized, the state will have 4 million acres in the ground later this summer, which is a 350,000 acre increase from 2006, and the highest corn acreage since 1985. The USDA's crop intension report also has a jump in corn plantings at 90.5 million acres, up 15% from last year. Expected acreage is up in nearly all states as favorable corn prices are encouraging farmers to plant more acres to corn.
Meanwhile, soybean planting intentions are 1.40 million acres for Wisconsin, down 250,000 acres from last year. If realized, 2007 will be the lowest Wisconsin soybean acreage planted since 1999. Growers nationwide project 67.1 million acres will be planted to soybeans, a drop of 11% from last year.
Oat plantings are at 310,000 acres in the state--down 60,000 acres from 2006. Nationally, the USDA is expecting the lowest U.S. oat crop acreage on record. Wisconsin barley planting intentions dropped 5,000 acres from 50,000 acres in 2006 to 45,000 acres in 2007. Winter wheat in the fall of 2006 for harvest in 2007 increased 12% from a year ago, reaching 280,000 acres. And dry edible bean acreage is expected to increase seven percent from 5,600 acres in 2006 to 6,000 acres in 2007.
The report also shows that all dry hay area harvested in Wisconsin during 2007 is expected to reach 2.15 million acres, virtually unchanged from last year. U.S. producers anticipate harvesting 63.1 million acres of hay in 2007, up four percent from 2006. Due to last years reduced production and low hay supplies; harvested area is expected to increase throughout the Great Plains.