US & Nebraska Prospective Plantings: Record Soybean Acreage

USDA chart of US corn soybean acreage 1997-2017

US & Nebraska Prospective Plantings: Record Soybean Acreage March 31, 2017

Corn planted area for all purposes in 2017 is estimated at 90.0 million acres, down 4% or 4.0 million acres from last year, according to the USDA Prospective Plantings Report released Friday. Compared with last year, planted acreage is expected to be down or unchanged in 38 of the 48 estimating states.

Nebraska corn acreage for 2017 is estimated at 9.55 million acres, down 3% from 9.85 million acres planted in 2016, but up from the 9.4 million acres in 2015.

  • Corn at 90 million acres down 4% from 2016
  • Soybean at 89.5 million acares up 7%
  • All wheat at 46.1 million acres down 8%

Soybean planted area for 2017 is estimated at a record high 89.5 million acres, up 7% from last year. Nebraska's soybean acreage for 2017 is estimated at a record high 5.7 million acres, up 10% from 5.2 million acres planted in 2016 and 5.3 million acres in 2015. Compared with last year, planted acreage intentions are up or unchanged in 27 of the 31 estimating states.

All wheat planted area for 2017 is estimated at 46.1 million acres, down 8% from 2016. This represents the lowest total planted area for the United States since records began in 1919. The 2017 winter wheat planted area, at 32.7 million acres, is down 9% from last year but up 1% from the previous estimate. Of this total, about 23.8 million acres are hard red winter wheat, 5.53 million acres are soft red winter, and 3.38 million acres are white winter. Area planted to other spring wheat for 2017 is estimated at 11.3 million acres, down 3$ from 2016. Of this total, about 10.6 million acres are hard red spring wheat. The intended Durum planted area for 2017 is estimated at 2 million acres, down 17% from the previous year.

Nebraska winter wheat acreage is estimated at 1.11 million acres, down 19% from 1.37 million acres in 2016 and a record low. In 2015 1.49 million acres were planted.

Other Nebraska prospective plantings for 2017 include:

  • Dry edible bean acreage at 150,000 acres is up 9% from 138,000 in 2016 and 140,000 in 2015.
  • Dry edible pea acreage intentions are estimated at 45,000 acres, down 18% from last year.
  • Sorghum acreage was estimated at 140,000 acres for 2017, down 30% from 200,000 acres in 2016 and 270,000 acres in 2015.
  • Oat acreage was estimated at 120,000 acres, down 11% from 135,000 in 2016 and 2015.
  • Sunflower producers expect to plant 60,000 acres, up 45% from 2016. Oil type varieties account for 45,000 acres, up 55% from a year ago. Non-oil varieties made up the balance of 15,000 acres, up 20% from the previous year.
  • Sugarbeet at 48,000 acres is equal to 2016 and down from 47,500 acres in 2015.
  • All hay acreage was estimated at 2.50 million acres, up 2 percent from 2016.

Read the full USDA Prospective Plantings Report.