Farmers in the U.S. are expected to plant a record high 89.5 million acres of soybeans in 2017. That’s the prediction from the United States Department of Agriculture in its Prospective Plantings report, which was released on March 31. The estimate for soybean acreage is up 7% from last year.
Corn acreage in the U.S. is expected to drop 4% to 90 million acres.
The USDA estimates all wheat planted area in the U.S. at 46.1 million acres, down 8% from 2016. The agency says this represents the lowest planted area for the U.S. since records began in 1919.
The 2017 winter wheat planted area, at 32.7 million acres, is down 9% from last year but up 1% from the previous estimate. Of this total, about 23.8 million acres are Hard Red Winter, 5.53 million acres are Soft Red Winter, and 3.38 million acres are White Winter.
Area planted to other spring wheat for 2017 is estimated at 11.3 million acres, down 3% from 2016. Of this total, about 10.6 million acres are Hard Red Spring wheat. The intended Durum planted area for 2017 is estimated at 2 million acres, down 17% from the previous year.