Corn and winter wheat acreage down from 2013, cotton and peanuts up

economic-forecast-headerThe Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced today that Virginia’s corn producers intend to decrease acreage in 2014 to 500,000 acres. This is according to the results of a survey conducted March 1, 2014 by the Virginia Field Office of the USDA’s National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS). If realized, planted acreage would be 10,000 acres below last year.

Winter wheat acres decreased 9 percent to 290,000 acres. Barley acreage seeded last fall for all uses was 58,000 acres, down 9,000 acres from last year. Virginia’s oat producers intend to plant 11,000 acres, up 1,000 acres from the previous year.

Cotton producers expect to plant 82,000 acres, up 5 percent from last year. Peanut producers intend to plant 18,000 acres, an increase of 2,000 acres from last year.

Soybean producers expect to plant 600,000 acres, no change from last year.

Tobacco acreage intentions devoted to flue-cured are 22,000 acres, an increase from last year’s acreage of 21,500. Fire-cured tobacco producers intend to harvest 380 acres, up 30 acres from last year. Burley producers intend to harvest 2,200 acres this year which is a decrease of 200 acres from 2013.

Land intended for hay production is 1,250,000 acres, up 1 percent from 2013.

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

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