Soybean, corn planting up; hay, cotton down


The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) announced today that acres planted in soybeans, corn and peanuts are up this year. Virginia’s soybean producers intend to increase acreage in 2012 to 590,000. If realized, planted acreage would be 30,000 acres above last year. Farmers announced their planting intentions in response to a March 1 survey conducted by the Virginia Field Office of the National Agriculture Statistics Service, an office within the U.S. Department of Agriculture. 

Corn acreage is estimated to be 500,000 acres, an increase of 10,000 acres from 2011. Peanut producers intend to plant 23,000 acres, an increase of 7,000 acres from last year.

Cotton producers expect to plant 95,000 acres, down 18 percent from last year.

Tobacco acreage intentions devoted to flue-cured are 21,000 acres, an increase from last year’s acreage of 19,500. Fire-cured tobacco producers intend to harvest 350 acres, a 50 acre decrease from last year. Producers of burley tobacco intend to harvest 2,700 acres this year which is an increase of 700 acres from 2011.

Virginia’s oat producers intend to plant 11,000 acres, remaining consistent from the previous year. Winter wheat acres increased 19 percent to 320,000 acres. Barley acreage seeded last fall for all uses was 60,000 acres, down 33 percent from last year.

Land intended for hay production is 1,280,000 acres, down seven percent from 2011.

Planting of major row crops is just in the beginning or planning stages. Therefore, producers may change their plans as the planting season progresses.

Nationally, corn planted acreage is up four percent from 2011, soybean acreage is down one percent, wheat is up three percent and cotton acreage is down 11 percent.

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