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Oklahoma Farmers Expect to Plant More Acres to Sorghum than to Corn in 2014

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 16:01:14 CDT

Oklahoma Farmers Expect to Plant More Acres to Sorghum than to Corn in 2014
Producers surveyed across Oklahoma intend to plant an estimated 300 thousand acres of corn in 2014, down 19 percent from last year, according to the Prospective Plantings report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). Sorghum acreage was estimated at 330 thousand acres, up 3 percent from the 2013 acreage.

Planted acreage intentions for soybeans were down slightly, to settle at 340 thousand acres, while canola planted acreage was estimated at 250 thousand acres, a 22 percent increase over the 2013 acreage. Canola acreage continues to grow in Oklahoma.

Area harvested for All Hay was estimated at 3.3 million acres, a 5 percent increase from the previous year. Cotton planted acreage intentions were also up significantly from the previous year, settling at 220 thousand acres, 19 percent above the 2013 level of 185 thousand acres.

The Prospective Plantings report provides the first official, survey based estimates of U.S. farmers’ 2014 planting intentions. The NASS acreage estimates are based on surveys conducted during the first two weeks of March from a sample of more than 84,000 farm operators across the United States. Other key findings in the report are:

--All wheat planted area for 2014 was estimated at 5.3 million acres, down 5 percent from 2013.

--Oat planted area for 2014 was expected to total 40 thousand acres, 33 percent below last year.

--Peanut planted area for 2014 was estimated at 15 thousand acres, down 2 thousand acres from 2013.

The Prospective Plantings and Grain Stocks reports and all NASS reports are available online at www.nass.usda.gov.



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