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Contact:  Greg Lemmons
Monday, March 31, 2008



Preliminary planting intentions of New York farmers as of March 1, 2008 indicate decreases for barley, dry beans and oats, according to Stephen Ropel, Director of  the USDA’s New York Agricultural Statistics Service, New York Field Office. Dry hay, soybeans, and wheat are expected to increase.  The corn planting intentions are the same as last year. 

Empire State farmers intend to plant 1,050,000 acres of corn for all purposes (grain and silage) for the 2008 crop year, the same as last year. Soybean plantings are expected to increase by 15 percent to 235,000 acres which if realized is a record high planted area. Dry bean intentions, at 16,000 acres, is down 6 percent from last year and is a record low acreage. New York farmers intend to harvest 1.37 million acres of dry hay in 2008, 1 percent above last year. Wheat planted acreage totaled 125,000 acres, up 25 percent from 2007. Oat plantings are expected to total 75,000 acres, down 25 percent from a year earlier, and is tied for the second lowest acreage on record.  Barley plantings are expected to total a record low 7,000 acres, 47 percent below last year.

Nationally, corn growers intend to plant 86.0 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2008, down 8 percent from last year when corn planted area was the highest since 1944.  Expected acreage is down from last year in most States as favorable prices for other crops, high input costs for corn, and crop rotation considerations are motivating some farmers to plant fewer acres to corn.  Despite the decrease, corn acreage is expected to remain at historically high levels as the corn price outlook remains strong due in part to the continued expansion in ethanol production.

Soybean producers intend to plant 74.8 million acres in 2008, up 18 percent from last year, but 1 percent below the record high acreage in 2006.  Acreage increases are expected in all States, except in West Virginia, which is unchanged from last year.  The largest increases are expected in Iowa and Nebraska, up 1.25 million acres and 1.20 million acres from 2007, respectively.  Increases of at least 800,000 acres are also expected in Indiana, Minnesota, and South Dakota.  If realized, the planted acreage in Kansas, New York, and Pennsylvania will be the largest on record.

All wheat planted area is estimated at 63.8 million acres, up 6 percent from 2007.  The 2008 winter wheat planted area, at 46.8 million acres, is 4 percent above last year and up slightly from the previous estimate.  Of this total, about 32.5 million acres are Hard Red Winter, 10.7 million acres are Soft Red Winter, and 3.63 million acres are White Winter.  Area planted to other spring wheat for 2008 is expected to total 14.3 million acres, up 8 percent from 2007.  Of this total, about 13.6 million acres are Hard Red Spring wheat.  The intended Durum planted area for 2008 is 2.63 million acres, up 22 percent from the previous year.  The information in this release is available by free email subscription by subscribing to New York reports at www.nass.usda.gov/ny.