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State Farmers Intend to Plant Record Soybean Acreage in '18
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 03/30/2018

Wisconsin farmers are expected to plant about 3.85 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2018, which is about 50,000 acres less land than they seeded last year. But the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service said in its Prospective Plantings report on Thursday that growers intend to plant 2.20 million acres of soybeans in the Badger State--an increase of 50,000 acres more than in 2017. If realized, this will be Wisconsin's highest soybean planted acreage ever.

Winter wheat planted acreage is estimated at 230,000 acres, a 20,000 acre increase compared to last year. Oat producers are also looking to seed 230,000 acres, which is about 50,000 acres more than the previous season.

About 1.20 million acres of dry hay is expected to come off the fields this year, down 50,000 acres from last year. If realized, it would equate to Wisconsin's smallest harvested hay acreage on record.

The annual Prospective Plantings is based on the voluntary responses from approximately 2,000 Wisconsin producers. Actual plantings will depend upon weather, economic conditions and the availability of production inputs at the time producers must make their final planting decisions.

Nationally, corn planted area for all purposes in 2018 is estimated at 88 million acres, down two percent from last year. Soybean acreage is estimated at 89 million acres, which would be a one percent drop from last year. But all wheat planted area for the year ahead will be about 47.3 million acres--up three percent for the year, but still represents the second lowest all wheat planted area on record since records began in 1919.

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