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Wisconsin Farmers Planning for More Corn, Less Soybeans
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 04/04/2011

Wisconsin farmers intend to plant less acres of soybeans and oats than last year, but grow more corn, winter wheat and hay. That's according to the latest Prospective Plantings report by the USDA. The agency says farmers in the Badger State intend to plant 4.05 million acres to corn for all purposes--a 150,000 acre jump over 2010 figures.

Soybean planting intentions in Wisconsin are 1.60 million acres--which is about two percent less than last year. Winter wheat estimates as of March 1 are expected to be 33 percent more acres in 2011 at 320,000 acres.

Wisconsin oat and barley planting intentions for 2011 are both down from last year. Oat planting intentions are 240,000 acres, down 70,000 acres. Barley plantings are forecast at 35,000 acres, down 10,000 from last year.

And hay producers in the state expect to harvest 1.70 million acres for dry hay, up two percent from 2011.

As of March 1, U.S. corn growers reported they intend to plant 92.2 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2011--, up five percent from 2010 and seven percent above 2009. This would be the second highest planted acreage since 1944.

Soybean producers in the U.S. intend to plant 76.6 million acres in 2011, down one percent from last year. If realized, this would be the third largest on record.

Winter wheat planted area is estimated at 41.2 million acres, up 10 percent from 2010. Oat intentions are 2.8 million acres, 10 percent lower than last year. U.S. barley acres are expected to be 3.0 million acres, up 3 percent from 2010.

Nationally, hay acres for dry hay harvest is up 1.5 percent from last year, and are expected to be 59.0 million acres.

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