U.S. farmers planted a record 85 million acres of soybeans this spring , according to USDA’s June 30 Acreage report. Cotton acres are also on the rise, up nine percent from last year, while rice acres climbed 558,000 acres from last year. Here’s more from USDA:
Soybean planted area for 2014 is estimated at a record high 84.8 million acres, up 11 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 84.1 million acres, is up 11 percent from 2013 and will be a record high by more than 7.4 million acres, if realized. Record high planted acreage is estimated in Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
All cotton planted area for 2014 is estimated at 11.4 million acres, 9 percent above last year. Upland area is estimated at 11.2 million acres, up 10 percent from 2013. American Pima area is estimated at 178,000 acres, down 11 percent from 2013.
In the Mid-South, Arkansas increased cotton acres from 310,000 acres to 360,000 acres, Louisiana from 130,000 acres to 200,000 acres and Mississippi from 290,000 acres to 400,000 acres. Tennessee’s cotton acreage was unchanged from last year, at 250,000 acres while Missouri cotton acres declined from 255,000 acres to 250,000 acres.
Corn planted area for all purposes in 2014 is estimated at 91.6 million acres, down 4 percent from last year. This represents the lowest planted acreage in the United States since 2010, however, it is still the fifth largest corn acreage in the United States since 1944.
Corn plantings dropped sharply in the Mid-South this year, according to USDA, led by a 320,000 acre drop in Mississippi. Acres declined by 260,000 acres in Louisiana and 300,000 acres in Arkansas.
U.S. rice acres increased 558,000 acres over 2013, from 2.489 million to 3.047 million, with much of the increase in Arkansas, which increased rice acres from 1.076 million acres in 2013 to 1.571 million in 2014. Acreage declined in California from 566,000 acres to 495,000 acres, and in Texas, from 145,000 to 140,000 acres.
Medium grain acres in California declined from 515,000 to 460,000 acres, which was offset to a large extent by Arkansas, which went from 120,000 acres to 190,000 acres and by Louisiana, which went from 22,000 acres to 25,000 acres.
Overall, U.S. medium grain production increased from 662,000 in 2013 to 685,000 acres in 2014.
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U.S. peanut acres increased from 1.067 million acres in 2013 to 1.315 million acres in 2014. In Mississippi, peanut acres increased from 34,000 acres in 2013 to 40,000 in 2014.