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USDA Prospective Plantings: Corn acreage up; soybeans down a little

U.S. corn growers intend to plant 97.3 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2013, up slightly from last year and 6% more than 2011, according to USDA’s Prospective Plantings report, released March 28. If realized, this will represent the highest planted acreage in the United States since 1936, when an estimated 102 million acres were planted.
Soybean planted area for 2013 is estimated at 77.1 million acres, down slightly from last year but the fourth highest on record, if realized. Compared with 2012, planted area is down across the Great Plains with the exception of North Dakota. Nebraska and Minnesota are expecting the largest declines compared with last year, while Illinois and North Dakota are expecting the largest increases.
Hay acreage steady: USDA also estimated the 2013 area to be harvested for all hay, based on producer intentions. Hay will be harvested from about 56.419 million acres, virtually unchanged from 2012 actual harvested acreage, but up about 766,000 acres from 2011.
Cotton acreage sharply lower: For dairy producers feeding cottonseed, cotton appears to one of the crops most affected by higher corn acreage. Planted area for 2013 is expected to total 10.0 million acres, 19% less than last year.
• To see the full Prospective Plantings report, visit http://usda01.library.cornell.edu/usda/current/ProsPlan/ProsPlan-03-28-2013.pdf