Ohio Prospective Plantings & March Grain Stocks Reports

Ohio Prospective Plantings Report

Based on a March 1 prospective plantings survey, Ohio farmers intend to increase the amount of corn, winter wheat, soybean and tobacco acreage in 2013 while decreasing the hay and oats acreage.

Ohio corn producers intend to plant 3.95 million acres this spring, up from 3.90 million acres last year. Ohio soybean acreage is forecast at 4.65 million acres for 2013, up 50,000 acres from last year.

Winter wheat acreage for 2013 is estimated at 630,000 acres, up 130,000 acres from the previous year. The State’s oat acreage decreased 20,000 acres from last year to 50,000 acres.

Ohio hay producers expect to harvest a total of 1.00 million acres, down 9 percent from the previous year. This includes alfalfa, grain, and all other types of hay. Burley tobacco acreage is forecast at 2,000 acres in 2013, up 100 acres from 2012.

U.S. corn growers intend to plant 97.3 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2013, up slightly from last year and 6 percent higher than in 2011. If realized, this will represent the highest planted acreage in the United States since 1936 when an estimated 102 million acres were planted.

U.S. soybean planted area for 2013 is estimated at 77.1 million acres, down slightly from last year but the fourth highest on record, if realized. Compared with 2012, planted area is down across the Great Plains with the exception of North Dakota. Nebraska and Minnesota are expecting the largest declines compared with last year, while Illinois and North Dakota are expecting the largest increases.

U.S. all wheat planted area for 2013 is estimated at 56.4 million acres, up 1 percent from 2012. The 2013 winter wheat planted area, at 42.0 million acres, is 2 percent above last year and up slightly from the previous estimate. Of this total, about 28.9 million acres are Hard Red Winter, 9.67 million acres are Soft Red Winter, and 3.39 million acres are White Winter. Area planted to other spring wheat for 2013 is expected to total 12.7 million acres, up 3 percent from 2012. Of this total, about 12.1 million acres are Hard Red Spring wheat. The intended Durum planted area for 2013 is estimated at 1.75 million acres, down 18 percent from the previous year.

Ohio Grain Stocks Report

Corn stocks in all positions in Ohio on March 1, 2013 totaled 250.6 million bushels, 3 percent above the 242.7 million bushels stored on March 1, 2012. On-farm stocks, at 135.0 million bushels accounted for 54 percent of the total stored. Off-farm stocks decreased 2.1 million bushels from a year ago to 115.6 million bushels.

Soybean stocks in all positions in Ohio totaled 72.0 million bushels on March 1, down 29 percent from last year at this time. On-farm stocks at 36.0 million bushels, accounted for 50 percent of total stocks compared to 46 percent last year. Off-farm stocks decreased 35 percent from March 1, 2012 to 36.0 million bushels.

All wheat stocks totaled 52.7 million bushels on March 1, down 13 percent from a year ago. Off-farm stocks, at 52.3 million bushels, account for 99 percent of total stocks. On-farm stocks, at 400,000 bushels are down 64 percent from March of last year.

U.S. corn stocks in all positions on March 1, 2013 totaled 5.40 billion bushels, down 10 percent from March 1, 2012. Of the total stocks, 2.67 billion bushels are stored on farms, down 16 percent from a year earlier. Off-farm stocks, at 2.73 billion bushels, are down 4 percent from a year ago. The December 2012 – February 2013 indicated disappearance is 2.63 billion bushels, compared with 3.62 billion bushels during the same period last year.

U.S. soybeans stored in all positions on March 1, 2013 totaled 999 million bushels, down 27 percent from March 1, 2012. Soybean stocks stored on farms are estimated at 457 million bushels, down 18 percent from a year ago. Off-farm stocks, at 543 million bushels, are down 34 percent from last March. Indicated disappearance for the December 2012 – February 2013 quarter totaled 967 million bushels, down 3 percent from the same period a year earlier.

U.S. all wheat stored in all positions on March 1, 2013 totaled 1.23 billion bushels, up 3 percent from a year ago. On-farm stocks are estimated at 237 million bushels, up 9 percent from last March. Off-farm stocks, at 997 million bushels, are up 2 percent from a year ago. The December 2012 – February 2013 indicated disappearance is 436 million bushels, down 6 percent from the same period a year earlier.

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