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USDA Prospective 2012 Plantings Report: Corn Up 4% From 2011; Soybean Down 1%

Date Posted: March 30, 2012

Corn Planted Acreage Up 4 Percent from 2011
Soybean Acreage Down 1 Percent
All Wheat Acreage Up 3 Percent
All Cotton Acreage Down 11 Percent

Full USDA Prospective Planting Report

(March 30, 2012) -- The USDA today released its estimates of how many acres of major crops U.S. farmers plan to plant in 2012.

Corn growers intend to plant 95.9 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2012, up 4 percent from last year and 9 percent higher than in 2010.

If realized, the USDA forecast indicates the highest planted acreage in the United States since 1937 when an estimated 97.2 million acres were planted.

Soybean planted area for 2012 is estimated at 73.9 million acres, down 1 percent from last year and down 5 percent 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 percent from 2011.

The 2012 winter wheat planted area, at 41.7 million acres, is up 3 percent from last year but down 1 percent 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 percent from the previous year.

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