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USDA Says Fewer Corn Acres- More Acres of Grain Sorghum Planted in Oklahoma in 2014

Mon, 30 Jun 2014 12:03:35 CDT

USDA Says Fewer Corn Acres-  More Acres of Grain Sorghum Planted in Oklahoma in 2014 Oklahoma crop producers cut back on corn plantings and appeared to switch those acres over to grain sorghum, according to the June 30th Acreage report released by USDA on Monday morning. Farmers in the state cut corn plantings from 370,000 acres back to 320,000 acres from 2013 to 2014, while they raised grain sorghum plantings from 320,000 acres to 370,000 acres in the same time period. There were also more acres of cotton planted across Oklahoma in 2014 compared to 2013- 240,000 acres planted this spring versus 185,000 acres in 2013.

Peanut acres were the same as a year ago, with 17,000 acres planted to this legume crop. Soybean acres were reduced by a few acres, unlike the national trend which resulted in a record number of soybean acres being planted across the US here in 2014. In Oklahoma, the soybeans dropped 345,000 acres in 2013 to 325,000 acres this year.

USDA did offer our first official look at the number of canola acres planted and harvested for the 2014 season. Farmers planted 250,000 acres of canola last fall, up from 205,000 acres the years before- and harvest, which has just concluded, totaled 190,000 acres this year versus 149,000 acres of canola harvested in 2013.

Nationally, the USDA said in the report that acres were "up 11 percent from last year. Area for harvest, at 84.1 million acres, is up 11 percent from 2013 and will be a record high by more than 7.4 million acres, if realized. Record high planted acreage is estimated in Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, and Wisconsin."

The report also suggested that planting delays forced many acres from corn over to soybeans, with the final corn planting estimate of 91.6 million acres in line with what the pre report guesses were expecting. Regarding corn planting, USDA says "This represents the lowest planted acreage in the United States since 2010; however, this is the fifth largest corn acreage in the United States since 1944." The 2014 estimate was down four percent from last year's plantings.

Final wheat acreage numbers were slightly above the most optimistic analysts, with 56.5 million acres were planted to wheat for the 2014 crop year. "All wheat planted area for 2014 is estimated at 56.5 million acres, up less than 1 percent from 2013. The 2014 winter wheat planted area, at 42.3 million acres, is down 2 percent from last year but up less than 1 percent from the previous estimate. Of this total, about 30.4 million acres are Hard Red Winter, 8.50 million acres are Soft Red Winter, and 3.41 million acres are White Winter. Area planted to other spring wheat for 2014 is estimated at 12.7 million acres, up 10 percent from 2013. Of this total, about 12.0 million acres are Hard Red Spring wheat. The intended Durum planted area for 2014 is estimated at 1.47 million acres, down slightly from the previous year."

Click here for the National Spring Crops Acreage Report.



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