Report Shows Lowest Prospective Corn Planting Planned Since 2008

Iowa farmers intend to plant 13.3 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2017 according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Prospective Plantings report.  This is a decrease of 600,000 acres from 2016 and, if realized, would be the lowest planted acreage since 2008.

Producers intend to plant 10.1 million acres of soybeans in Iowa this year.  This is a 600,000 acre increase from 2016.  If realized, this would be the largest planted acreage since 2006.

Iowa farmers intend to plant 135,000 acres of oats for all purposes, up 15,000 acres from last year.

Farmers in Iowa expect to harvest 1.0 million acres of all dry hay for the 2017 crop year. This is 90,000 acres more than harvested in 2016.

Planted acres of winter wheat, at 25,000 acres, is unchanged from last year.

The Prospective Plantings report provides the first official, survey-based estimates of U.S. farmers’ 2017 planting intentions.  NASS’s acreage estimates are based on surveys conducted during the first two weeks of March from a sample of more than 84,000 farm operators across the United States with more than 2,900 from Iowa.  Actual plantings will depend upon weather, economic conditions and the availability of production inputs at the time producers make their final planting decisions.

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