As Spring approaches, Minnesota soybean farmers are finalizing their planting decisions for the 2015 crop year. Two thousand Minnesota producers were surveyed on their decisions by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), National Agricultural Statistics Service. The Prospective Plantings, published annually, indicates the projected acres farmers intend to plant. With a projected increase in soybean acres both locally and nationally, records could be set in 2015.
According to the USDA, farmers in Minnesota intend to plant 7.5 million acres of soybeans, up 2 percent from 2014. If realized, this would tie the previous record high set in 2003.
Nationally, soybean planted area for 2015 is estimated at a record high 84.6 million acres, up 1 percent from last year. Compared with last year, planted acreage intentions are up or unchanged in 21 of the 31 major producing States.
Additional Prospective Planting Acres
Minnesota farmers intend to plant 8.5 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2015, 300,000 acres more than last year’s actual planted acres. If realized, this would be the third largest corn acreage planted on record, 250,000 less than the record of 8.75 million planted in 2012, according to the USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service – Prospective Plantings report. Nationally, corn planted area for all purposes in 2015 is estimated at 89.2 million acres, down 2 percent from last year. If realized, this will be the third consecutive year of an acreage decline and would be the lowest planted acreage in the United States since 2010.
Spring wheat producers intend to plant 1.26 million acres, up 40,000 acres from last year and 60,000 acres above 2013. On the National level, all wheat planted area for 2015 is estimated at 55.4 million acres, down 3 percent from 2014. The 2015 winter wheat planted area, at 40.8 million acres, is down 4 percent from last year but up less than 1 percent from the previous estimate. Of this total, about 29.6 million acres are Hard Red Winter, 7.75 million acres are Soft Red Winter, and 3.43 million acres are White Winter. Area planted to other spring wheat for 2015 is estimated at 13.0 million acres, down slightly from 2014. Of this total, about 12.1 million acres are Hard Red Spring wheat. The intended Durum planted area for 2015 is estimated at 1.65 million acres, up 18 percent from the previous year.
Minnesota oat producers intend to plant 280,000 acres of oats, up 50,000 acres from 2014 planted acres, and 100,000 acres more than the record low set in 2011.
Minnesota farmers intend to plant 90,000 acres of barley, up 15,000 acres from last year, and 20,000 more than the record low set in 2011.
Minnesota farmers intend to harvest 1.75 million acres of dry hay in 2015, down 8 percent from last year. If realized, this would tie the record low for acres harvested set in 2012.
Minnesota farmers intend to plant 438,000 acres of sugarbeets this year, down 2,000 acres from 2014. If realized, this would be the lowest planted acreage since 1995.
Producers in Minnesota intend to plant 74,000 acres of sunflowers in 2015, up 12,000 acres from 2014. Oil Sunflower intentions, at 56,000 acres, are 9,000 acres above 2014. Non-oil sunflower planting intentions, at 18,000 acres, are 3,000 acres above last year.