Ohio intends to increase corn acres

Based on a March 1 prospective plantings survey, Ohio farmers intend to increase the amount of corn and oat acreage in 2012 while decreasing the wheat and hay acreage. Soybean and tobacco acreage remains the same as last year.

Ohio corn producers intend to plant 3.80 million acres this spring, up from 3.40 million acres last year. Ohio soybean acreage is forecasted at 4.55 million acres for 2012, the same as last year.

Winter wheat acreage for 2012 is estimated at 580,000 acres, down 300,000 acres from the previous year. The State’s oat acreage increased 5,000 acres from last year to 55,000 acres.

Ohio hay producers expect to harvest a total of 1.05 million acres, down 6% from the previous year. This includes alfalfa, grain, and all other types of hay. Burley tobacco acreage is forecasted at 1,600 acres in 2012, the same as 2011.

U.S. corn growers intend to plant 95.9 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2012, up 4% from last year and 9% higher than in 2010. If realized, this will represent the highest planted acreage in the United States since 1937 when an estimated 97.2 million acres were planted.

U.S. soybean planted area for 2012 is estimated at 73.9 million acres, down 1% from last year and down 5 percent from 2010. Compared with 2011, planted area is down or unchanged across the Corn Belt and Great Plains with the exceptions of Illinois, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

U.S. all wheat planted area is estimated at 55.9 million acres, up 3% from 2011. The 2012 winter wheat planted area, at 41.7 million acres, is up 3% from last year but down 1% from the previous estimate. Of this total, about 29.9 million acres are Hard Red Winter, 8.4 million acres are Soft Red Winter, and 3.5 million acres are White Winter.

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