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State Farmers Intend to Plant Record Soybean Acreage in '17
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/03/2017

Wisconsin farmers are expected to plant about four million acres of corn for all purposes in 2017, 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 Friday that growers intend to plant 2.15 million acres of soybeans in the Badger State--an increase of 190,000 acres more than in 2016. If realized, this will be Wisconsin's highest soybean planted acreage ever.

Winter wheat planted acreage is estimated at 220,000 acres, a 50,000 acres drop compared to last year. Oat producers are looking to seed 210,000 acres, which is about the same as the previous season.

About 1.30 million acres of dry hay is expected to come off the fields this year, down 30,000 acres from last year.

The annual Prospective Plantings is based on the voluntary responses from approximately 1,400 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 2017 is estimated at 90 million acres, down four percent from last year. Soybean planted area is estimated at an all-time high of 89.5 million acres, up seven percent from last year. All wheat planted area for the year ahead will be about 46.1 million acres--the lowest total planted area for the United States since records began in 1919.

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