Farm Service Agency reports over 7m US acres went unplanted

16 August 2013 23:14  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Hanging over the 2013 planting season like an impending dark thunderstorm has been the question of how much acreage, namely for corn, went unplanted in the US due to delays in the spring season from heavy precipitation and lower-than-normal temperatures.

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) answered that question this week as it released its initial forecast of unplanted acreage, and officials said Friday it is clear that the weather issues have hindered the nation’s crop prospects. The agency estimated nearly 7.71m acres (3.12m hectares) were left without any crops.

As of the first week of August, the agricultural agency has received prevented plantings submissions that are quite large, especially when viewed against 2012 when only 1.238m acres went unplanted.

In terms of crops, the FSA said corn took the majority share of unplanted acreage with 3.411m acres, followed by wheat at 1.743m and soybeans at 1.619m. Other commodities that ended up short included rice, cotton, sorghum, barley, oats and sugar beets.

This is the initial forecast, as the FSA will issue additional estimates again through the fall, with the next release set for 17 September.

The report falls into line with this past week’s release of  the Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) August World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WASDE) report, which called for tighter ending supplies and reduced production and yield numbers due to the lateness of the corn crop.

By: Mark Milam
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