USDA estimates that farmers planted slightly more corn than soybeans this spring

Mark Milam


HOUSTON (ICIS)–During the spring 2022 season US farmers planted slightly more corn than soybeans but both crops did not match the March estimates according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) in the acreage estimate report.

Although growers are calculated to have sowed 89.9m acres of corn in recent weeks the overall amount of corn planted acreage is down by 4% year on year.

While this is 3.44m acres less than the 2021 crop had planted, the total was higher than the agency had earlier estimated the crop would be in its acreage tally.

The USDA said compared with last year, planted acreage is expected to be down or unchanged in 35 of the 48 estimating states.

Area harvested for grain is at 81.9m acres which is also down by 4% from last year.

For soybeans, the report showed that soybean planted area for 2022 is estimated at 88.3m acres, up 1% year on year but this amount is lower than the USDA had previously projected would be sowed.

Compared with last year, planted acreage is up or unchanged in 24 of the 29 estimating states.

The USDA said all wheat planted area for this spring is estimated at 47.1m acres, which is up 1% from 2021.

If realized, this would represent the fifth lowest all wheat planted area since records began in 1919.

For cotton the agency is calculating that all cotton planted area this year will be at 12.5m acres, up 11% year on year.

Upland area is estimated at 12.3m acres, a rise of 11% from 2021, while American Pima area is forecasted at 156,000 acres, up 23% year on year.


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