Planting Intentions Up For Several Crops In 2013

Preliminary planting intentions of New York farmers as of March 1 indicate increases for corn, wheat, oats, barley and soybeans, according to King Whetstone, U.S. Agriculture Department, National Agricultural Statistics Service, Northeastern Region director.

Plantings to dry beans are expected to decline from a year ago. New York farmers intend to plant 1.2 million acres of corn for all purposes, grain and silage, for the 2013 crop year, a 3 percent increase from last year. Soybean plantings are expected to increase by 2 percent to a record high 320,000 acres. Wheat planted acreage totaled 125,000 acres, a 25 percent increase from 2012. Oat plantings are expected to total 85,000 acres, a 21 percent increase from a year earlier. Barley plantings are expected to total 15,000 acres, a 50 percent increase from 2012. Dry bean plantings are expected to total a record low 8,000 acres, a 20 percent decrease from the previous record low of 10,000 acres set last year. New York farmers intend to harvest 1.55 million acres of dry hay in 2013, slightly less than last year.

Nationally, corn growers intend to plant 97.3 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2013, a slight increase from last year and 6 percent more than in 2011. Expected returns for corn are again historically high going into 2013. If realized, it will represent the highest planted acreage in the United States since 1936, when an estimated 102 million acres were planted. Record high corn acreage is expected in Arizona, Idaho, Minnesota, Nevada, North Dakota and Oregon. Conversely, most states in the Corn Belt, which experienced severe drought in 2012, expect slightly less planted acreage.

Soybean planted area for 2013 is estimated at 77.1 million acres, a slight decrease from last year but a 3 percent increase from 2011. Compared with last year, planted acreage intentions are down across all of the Great Plains, with the exception of North Dakota, as drought conditions have persisted in many of these areas. However, the net intended change from last year for the United States is only a loss of 72,000 acres as expected increases in planted area across most of the eastern Corn Belt and parts of the Southeast nearly balance out the declines in the Great Plains. If realized, the planted area in New York, North Dakota and Pennsylvania will be the largest on record.

All wheat planted area for 2013 is estimated at 56.4 million acres, a 1 percent increase from 2012. The 2013 winter wheat planted area, at 42 million acres, is 2 percent more than last year and a slight increase from the previous estimate. Of this total, about 28.9 million acres are Hard Red Winter, 9.67 million acres are Soft Red Winter, and 3.39 million acres are White Winter. Area planted to other spring wheat for 2013 is expected to total 12.7 million acres, a 3 percent increase from 2012. Of this total, about 12.1 million acres are Hard Red Spring wheat. The intended Durum planted area for 2013 is estimated at 1.75 million acres, an 18 percent decrease from the previous year.