(Posted Tue. Jun 30th, 2015)
American farmers planted 1.7 million fewer acres of corn in 2015 than they did the previous year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Acreage report released today. The report indicates a 300,000 acre net degrease from the prospective planting report released in March. Total corn planting in the United States total 88.9 million acres, for the lowest planted acreage since 2010. Notably, it still represents the sixth-largest U.S. corn acreage planted since 1944.
“Corn farmers produced an abundance in 2014 that resulted in a large carry over into this year,” National Corn Growers Association President Chip Bowling said. “While planted acreage has decreased as farmers in many parts of the country face unrelentingly wet conditions, U.S. farmers have steadily increased our ability to grow more corn on every acre. Americans can rest assured that we will be able to meet all needs, be they for food, fuel or fiber, for years to come.”
Given the projected harvested corn acreage released in the report of 81.9 million acres and the most recent USDA estimate average national yield of 166.8 bushels per acre, farmers could harvest 13.5 billion bushels.
The largest year-to-year acreage decreases were seen in South Dakota and Missouri, where corn acreage decreased by 600,000 and 300,000. Corn plantings also decreased in Indiana and Ohio by 200,000 acres.
For the full Acreage report, click here.