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State's planted acres down for major crops

July 4, 2013 | 0 comments

Despite some very late plantings and prevented plantings in other cases, Wisconsin's farmers will nonetheless be growing their second highest number of acres ever of corn and the third highest for soybeans, according to a report on July 1.

The report was released by the state's field office of the National Agriculture Statistics Service.

That report indicated Wisconsin has 4.2 million acres of planted corn - down by both 150,000 acres from growers' intentions for the year and from the record high number of acres in 2012.

Of those acres, 3.25 million - or 50,000 less than in 2012 - are intended for harvest as grain. The report noted that 84 percent of the Wisconsin corn planted this year has biotech traits.

Wisconsin's 1.68 million estimated acres of planted soybeans is 30,000 acres less than in 2012. The total is down by 20,000 from what growers had intended in March. Of the state's planted soybeans, 89 percent have herbicide resistance.

Planting of oats increased by 35,000 acres from 2012, putting the state's total for this year at 255,000 acres. Growers intend to harvest 125,000 of those acres for grain compared to 130,000 in 2012.

Wisconsin's barley planting totaled 35,000 acres this spring, up by 2,000 from 2012. Growers again intend to harvest 15,000 acres for grain.

The July 1 report also stated that 1.28 million acres of alfalfa were harvested for dry hay. This is an increase of 230,000 acres from 2012. Another 500,000 acres of other forages are being harvested for dry hay - a jump of 100,000 acres from last year.

Wisconsin's growers of dry edible beans planted 200 more acres this year for a total of 5,400. Most of those beans are the dark red kidney variety, for which Wisconsin ranked second among the states for production in 2012.

As reported earlier, Wisconsin had 330,000 acres of planted winter wheat going into this growing season. Growers intend to harvest 280,000 of them for grain compared to 245,000 acres for grain a year ago.

For what are considered to be Wisconsin's 21 principal crops, the state's farmers planted 8.349 million acres this year, according to the July 1 report. This is an increase from 8.098 million acres in 2012.

The national totals for crop plantings showed modest increases from a year ago to 97.379 million acres of corn, 77.728 million acres of soybeans, 3.026 million acres of oats, and 42.697 million acres of winter wheat.

Planted barley acres were down slightly to 3.482 million.

An accompanying report for which the data is current as of June 1 pointed out that Wisconsin's grain stocks were down significantly from a year earlier.

Because of low totals compared to other states, no separate numbers are reported for winter wheat and barley in Wisconsin.

The 136.168 million bushels of corn in storage throughout Wisconsin on June 1 was down by 12 percent from the 154.112 million bushels a year ago.

The 13.921 million bushels of soybeans in storage represented a 40-percent cutback from the 23.257 million bushels a year ago.

Wisconsin had 3.48 million bushels of oats in storage on June 1 - down by 38 percent from the 5.612 million a year earlier.

Across the nation, corn stocks on June 1 were 2.764 billion bushels compared to 3.148 billion a year earlier. The comparable numbers for soybeans were 434.508 and 667.465 million bushels.

Stocks of all wheat in the U.S. on June 1 were 718.34 million bushels compared to 742.62 million a year ago.

Oats stocks were down to 36.336 million bushels compared to 54.989 million a year earlier.

Barley stocks, however, were at 80.295 million bushels compared to 59.987 million on June 1 of 2012.

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