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USDA Prospective Plantings Report: Corn Planted Acreage Down 4% From 2013; Soybean Acreage Up 6%; All Wheat Acreage Down 1%

Date Posted: March 31, 2014

Corn planted area for all purposes in 2014 is estimated at 91.7 million acres, down 4 percent from last year.

If realized, this will represent the lowest planted acreage in the United States since 2010; however, this will represent the fifth largest corn acreage in the United States since 1944.

Soybean planted area for 2014 is estimated at a record high 81.5 million acres, up 6 percent from last year.

Compared with last year, planted acreage intentions are up or unchanged across all States with the exception of Missouri and Oklahoma.

All wheat planted area for 2014 is estimated at 55.8 million acres, down 1 percent from 2013.

The 2014 winter wheat planted area, at 42.0 million acres, is down 3 percent from last year but up slightly from the previous estimate.

Of this total, about 30.2 million acres are Hard Red Winter, 8.43 million acres are Soft Red Winter, and 3.35 million acres are White Winter.

Area planted to other spring wheat for 2014 is expected to total 12.0 million acres, up 4 percent from 2013. Of this total, about 11.3 million acres are Hard Red Spring wheat.

The intended Durum planted area for 2014 is estimated at 1.80 million acres, up 22 percent from the previous year.

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