Ohio farmers plan to put more ground into soybeans and less into corn, following a national trend, according to a survey of planting intentions conducted by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistic Service. Ohio corn producers intend to plant 3.70 million acres this spring, down from 3.90 million acres last year. Ohio soybean acreage is forecast at 4.70 million acres for 2014, up 250,000 acres from last year. Winter wheat acreage for 2014 is estimated at 630,000 acres, down 60,000 acres from the previous year. The State’s oat acreage increased 20,000 acres from last year to 70,000 acres.
Ohio hay producers expect to harvest a total of 1.080 million acres, up only 1% from the previous year. This includes alfalfa, grain, and all other types of hay. Burley tobacco acreage is forecast at 2,000 acres in 2014, down 100 acres from 2013.
Nationally, the corn planted for all purposes in 2014 is estimated at 91.7 million acres, down 4 percent from last year. If realized, this will represent the lowest planted acreage in the U.S. since 2010; however, this will represent the fifth largest corn acreage in the U.S. since 1944.
Soybean planted area for 2014 is estimated at a record high 81.5 million acres, up 6% from last year. Compared with last year, planted acreage intentions are up or unchanged across all States with the exception of Missouri and Oklahoma.
Source: Ohio Ag Connection