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Contact:  Greg Lemmons
Monday, June 30, 2008


New York Plants Record Soybean Acreage

New York farmers experienced average planting progress.  As of June 2, corn seeding neared completion and soybeans were over half planted.

A record high 235,000 acres of soybeans are expected to be planted, up 15 percent from the previous record of 205,000 planted in 2007. An estimated 231,000 acres will be harvested for beans, 14 percent more than last year.

Farmers intend to plant 1,140,000 acres of corn for all purposes in 2008, 9 percent more than acres planted in 2007. Acreage for grain is expected to total 640,000 acres, up 16 percent from the 550,000 acres harvested last year. 

Oat seedings totaled 80,000 acres, up 5,000 acres from the March intentions and 20 percent less than the 100,000 acres planted last year. Acreage to be harvested for grain is estimated at 55,000 acres, 8 percent below the 60,000 acres harvested in 2007.

Dry bean acreage is estimated at 15,000 acres, down 12 percent from a year ago. Acreage for harvest is estimated at 14,500 acres, down 12 percent from 2007.

Barley plantings totaled 13,000 acres, the same as last year.  Acreage to be harvested for grain is estimated at 9,000 acres, down 18 percent from last year’s 11,000 acres.

Acreage for harvest for all types of dry hay is expected to total 1.43 million acres, up 5 percent from last year. Alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures for dry hay, at 430,000 acres, is up 2 percent and acres for other types of dry hay, at 1.00 million acres, is up 6 percent from a year earlier.

U.S. corn planted area for all purposes is estimated at 87.3 million acres, down 7 percent from last year.  Despite the decrease, corn planted acreage is the second highest since 1946, behind last year's total of 93.6 million acres.  Growers expect to harvest 78.9 million acres for grain, down 9 percent from 2007.  If realized, this would be the second highest since 1944, behind last year.  Farmers increased corn plantings 1.31 million acres from their March intentions.  Planting got off to a slow start across the Corn Belt, Ohio Valley, and the northern half of the Great Plains as frequent precipitation and cool temperatures during March and April prevented spring planting preparations.  Corn planting was 27 percent complete on May 4, down 32 points from normal.  Despite intermittent showers and below normal temperatures, producers were able to make rapid progress during May, particularly across the upper Midwest and northern Great Plains.  Farmers reported that 97 percent of the intended corn acreage had been planted at the time of the survey interview compared with the average of 98 percent for the past 10 years.                                                                             

U.S. soybean planted area for 2008 is estimated at 74.5 million acres, up 17 percent from last year but 1 percent below the record high acreage in 2006.  Area for harvest, at 72.1 million acres, is up 15 percent from 2007.  Compared with last year, planted acreage increases are expected in all States, and the U.S. planted area for soybeans is the third largest on record.  The largest increase is expected in Nebraska, up 950,000 acres from 2007, followed by Illinois and South Dakota, both up 900,000 acres.  Increases of at least 800,000 acres are also expected in Indiana, Iowa, and Minnesota.  If realized, the planted acreage in Kansas, New York, and Pennsylvania will be the largest on record.  Nationally, farmers reported that 79 percent of the intended soybean acreage had been planted at the time of the survey interview, which is the lowest since 1996.

The first yield and production forecast will be released on August 12 for corn, soybeans, dry beans, and hay. Wheat and oats will be published on July 11.