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Wisconsin Farmers May Plant Record Soybean Acreage in 2014
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/01/2014

Wisconsin farmers are planning to plant 4.10 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2014, which is about the same as last year. But the USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service said in its Prospective Plantings report that growers intend to plant 1.75 million acres of soybeans, an 11 percent increase from 2013. If realized, this will be Wisconsin's highest soybean planted acreage on record.

Winter wheat planted acreage is estimated at 290,000 acres, a drop of eight percent from last year. Oat producers are looking to seed 260,000 acres, up 5,000 acres over 2013.

Planting intentions of Wisconsin barley farmers for 2014 remain unchanged from 2013 at 33,000 acres.

About 1.60 million acres of dry hay is expected to come off the fields this year, unchanged from the previous season. They also intend to plant 6,200 acres of dry, edible beans, up 800 acres from 2013.

The annual Prospective Plantings is based on the voluntary responses from approximately 1,500 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 2014 is estimated at 91.7 million acres, down four percent from last year. If realized, this will represent the lowest planted acreage in the country since 2010; however, this will represent the fifth largest corn acreage since 1944. Soybean planted area for 2014 is estimated at a record high 81.5 million acres, up six percent from last year.

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