The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) released an acreage report Tuesday, June 30, that showed an increase in soybeans that are in the ground. A record of 85.1 million acres of soybeans have been planted this year, up 2 percent from 2014. According to the USDA, if realized, 2015 will also be a record for soybean acres harvested.
Record high planted acreage is estimated in Kentucky, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin.
In Minnesota, soybeans are being grown on 7.7 million acres, 350,000 acres more than last year and the most in state history. There are several contributing factors to this increase in Minnesota, including the use of new soybean varieties.
“Companies are developing varieties that do a much better job in northern Minnesota,” said Dave Pazdernik, director of research at Minnesota Soybean. “Because these seeds can do a much better job in new areas, more people are growing soybeans and getting higher yields.”
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Corn planted acres is estimated at 88.9 million acres, down 2 percent from 2014. This is the lowest planted acreage in the United States since 2010.
All wheat planted area for 2015 is estimated at 56.1 million acres, down 1 percent from 2014. The 2015 winter wheat planted area, at 40.6 million acres, is down 4 percent from last year and down less than 1 percent from the previous estimate. Of this total, about 29.6 million acres are Hard Red Winter, 7.61 million acres are Soft Red Winter, and 3.44 million acres are White Winter. Areas planted to other spring wheat for 2015 is estimated at 13.5 million acres, up 4 percent from 2014. Of this total, about 12.6 million acres are Hard Red Spring wheat. Durum planted area for 2015 is estimated at 1.95 million acres, up 40 percent from the previous year.
All cotton planted area for 2015 is estimated at 9.0 million acres, 18 percent below last year. Upland area is estimated at 8.85 million acres, down 18 percent from 2014. American Pima area is estimated at 148,000 acres, down 23 percent from 2014.
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