posted by Greg LaBarge, Fulton County from Ohio Agricultural Statistics
Based on a March 1 prospective plantings survey, Ohio farmers intend to increase the amount of corn, winter wheat and hay acreage in 2011 while decreasing the soybean, oats, and tobacco acreage.
Ohio corn producers intend to plant 3.70 million acres this spring, up from 3.45 million acres last year.
Ohio soybean acreage is forecast at 4.40 million acres for 2011, down 200,000 acres from last year.
Winter wheat acreage for 2011 is estimated at 890,000 acres, up 110,000 acres from the previous year. The State’s oat acreage decreased 5,000 acres from last year to 60,000 acres.
Ohio hay producers expect to harvest a total of 1.17 million acres, up 5 percent from the previous year. This includes alfalfa, grain, and all other types of hay. Burley tobacco acreage is forecast at 1,800 acres in 2011, down 700 acres from 2010.
U.S. corn growers intend to plant 92.2 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2011, up 5 percent from last year and 7 percent higher than in 2009. If realized, this will be the second highest planted acreage in the United States since 1944, behind only the 93.5 million acres planted in 2007. Acreage increases of 250,000 or more are expected in Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, and South Dakota. The largest decrease is expected in Texas,
down 150,000 acres.
U.S. soybean planted area for 2011 is estimated at 76.6 million acres, down 1 percent from last year. If realized, the United States planted area will be the third largest on record. Compared with last year, planted acreage declines of 100,000 acres or more are expected in Iowa, Kansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, and Ohio. If realized, the planted area in New York and North Dakota will be the largest on record.
U.S. all wheat planted area is estimated at 58.0 million acres, up 8 percent from last year. The 2011 winter wheat planted area, at 41.2 million acres, is 10 percent above last year and up 1 percent from the previous estimate. Of this total, about 29.4 million acres are Hard Red Winter, 8.2 million acres are Soft Red Winter, and 3.7 million are White Winter. Area planted to other spring wheat for 2011 is estimated at 14.4 million acres, up 5 percent from 2010. Of this total, about 13.6 million acres are Hard Red Spring wheat. Durum planted area for 2011 is estimated at 2.37 million acres, down 8 percent from 2010.