Nebraska’s June 1 Acreage Report: Corn at Almost 80-Year High - UNL CropWatch, June 29, 2012

Nebraska’s June 1 Acreage Report: Corn at Almost 80-Year High - UNL CropWatch, June 29, 2012

June 29, 2012

Nebraska producers increased acreage planted to corn, soybeans, sorghum, dry edible beans, and oats from a year ago, while decreasing acres planted to winter wheat, hay, proso millet, sunflower, and sugarbeets, according to USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, Nebraska Field Office.

Nebraska corn growers planted 9.9 million acres for all purposes in 2012, up 1% from last year and the largest total since 1933. Biotechnology varieties accounted for 91% of the planted acreage, down 2% from a year ago.

Soybean producers planted 5.1 million acres, up 4% from the previous year and second highest of record, behind only the 5.15 million acres planted in 2010. Biotechnology varieties resistant to herbicides accounted for 95% of the planted acreage, down from 97% last year.

Last fall, winter wheat was sown on 1.4 million acres, down 8% from 2011. Area for harvest, at 1.32 million, is down 9% from 2011.

Other plantings include:

  • Sorghum: 165,000 acres, 10% more than 2011
  • Alfalfa hay for harvest: 790,000 acres, up 1% from last year. Other types of hay, at 1.6 million acres, are down 6% from last year
  • Dry edible bean: 165,000 acres, up 50% from a year earlier
  • Oats: 80,000 acres, are up 33% from 2011
  • Proso Millet: 65,000 acres, down 19% from a year ago
  • Sunflower:  35,000 acres, down 41% from 2011
  • Sugarbeet: 51,000 acres, down 1,300 acres from last year.

National Acreage Report

Nationally, corn acreage is up 5%, soybean acreage is up 1%, and wheat is up 3%, according to the USDA report.

Corn planted area for all purposes in 2012 is estimated at 96.4 million acres, up 5% from last year. It is the highest planted acreage in the U.S. since 1937 when an estimated 97.2 million acres were planted. Growers expect to harvest 88.9 million acres for grain, up 6% from last year.

Soybean planted area for 2012 is estimated at 76.1 million acres, up 1% from last year and the third highest on record. Area for harvest, at 75.3 million acres, is up 2% from 2011. Record high planted acreage is estimated in New York, North Dakota, and Pennsylvania, and the planted area in South Dakota ties the previous record high.

All wheat planted area is estimated at 56.0 million acres, up 3% from 2011. The 2012 winter wheat planted area, at 41.8 million acres, is up 3% from last year and up slightly from the previous estimate. Of this total, about 30 million acres are hard red winter, 8.3 million acres are soft red winter, and 3.5 million acres are white winter. Area planted to other spring wheat for 2012 is estimated at 12.0 million acres, down 3% from 2011. Of this total, about 11.4 million acres are hard red spring wheat.