The annual Prospective Plantings report published by USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service is based on the voluntary responses from approximately two thousand Iowa producers. This report provides an indication of the acres farmers intend to plant for the 2014 crop year. Actual plantings will depend upon weather, economic conditions and the availability of production inputs at the time producers must make their final planting decisions.
Iowa farmers intend to plant 14.0 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2014, according to the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Prospective Plantings report. This is an increase of 400,000 acres from 2013.
Producers intend to plant 9.6 million acres of soybeans in Iowa this year. This is an increase of 300,000 acres from 2013.
Iowa farmers intend to plant 130,000 acres of oats for all purposes, down 90,000 acres from last year. If realized, this would be the second smallest acreage since record keeping began.
Farmers in Iowa expect to harvest 1.05 million acres of dry hay for the 2014 crop year. If realized, this will be the lowest in state history, below the 1.14 million acres harvested in 2012.
Source: Iowa Ag Connection