(Posted Fri. Jun 28th, 2013)
June 28: In today’s report on planted farm acreage, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s estimate of 97.4 million acres planted in corn means growers navigated a wet planting season to provide for what can be one of the largest crops ever.
“Even though we had a planting season that was difficult at times, our farmers did a terrific job in the field and we are really looking forward to a great summer and bountiful fall harvest,” said NCGA President Pam Johnson, a grower in Floyd, Iowa. “If the weather stays as expected, we may hit a record crop of about 14 billion bushels come harvest – great news after the drought of 2012.”
The USDA estimates that farmers planted 97.379 million acres in 2013, only about 200,000 more than in 2012. However, USDA also estimates they will harvest more than 1,700 more acres than 2012; at a yield of 156.5, as estimated in June, that would mean a crop of 13.9 billion bushels, the largest ever and more than 3 billion bushels over 2012.
The top five corn-planted states in 2013 are Iowa (14 million acres), Illinois (12.2 million), Nebraska (10.2 million), Minnesota (8.7 million) and Indiana (6.1 million).
Soybeans and wheat also saw an increase in acres planted. Soybean planted area for 2013 is estimated at a record high 77.7 million acres, up 1 percent from last year. All wheat planted area for 2013 is estimated at 56.5 million acres, up 1 percent from 2012.