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ACREAGE – JUNE 2015
Colorado principal crop planted acreage, which includes acres planted to all major crops and those expected to be cut for all hay, is down 3 percent from 2014 to 5,986,000 acres, according to the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA.
Colorado corn producers planted 1,100,000 acres of corn this year of which they intend to harvest 960,000 acres for grain, down from 1,010,000 acres harvested in 2014. This is a decrease of 5 percent from last year’s harvested grain acreage and a 4 percent decrease in planted acreage for all purposes.
Sorghum plantings, at 385,000 acres, increased 12 percent from the previous year and acreage expected to be harvested for grain, at 300,000, increased 7 percent.
Oat seedings are set at 45,000 acres, are unchanged from last year, with producers planning to harvest 7,000 acres for grain, down 2,000 acres from acreage harvested for grain in 2014.
Barley planted area, at 65,000 acres, is 14 percent more than last year’s acreage. Expected harvested acres, at 62,000 acres, are 15 percent above 2014.
Winter wheat producers planted 2,500,000 acres in the fall of 2014 for harvest in 2015, down from 2,750,000 acres planted for the previous year’s crop. Acreage expected to be harvested for grain are unchanged from the May forecast at 2,250,000 acres.
Spring wheat seedings, at 8,000 acres, are down 1,000 acres compared with a year ago. Acreage for harvest is expected to total 7,000 acres, down from 8,000 harvested last year.
Proso millet seedings are expected to total 300,000 acres this year, down 3 percent from 2014. The area to be harvested for hay is expected to increase 60,000 acres from a year ago to 1,400,000 acres.
Alfalfa hay harvested acreage is expected to decrease 40,000 acres to 700,000 acres and all other hay harvested acreage is expected to increase 100,000 acres to 700,000 acres.
All sunflower planted area, at 57,000 acres, is 12,500 acres above last year. Oil type varieties totaled 45,000 acres, up 10,000 acres from 2014 while non-oil type varieties are set at 12,000 acres, up 2,500 acres. Harvested acres are expected to total 40,000 acres for oil type and 11,000 acres for non-oil.
Sugarbeet plantings decreased 2,600 acres from last year to 27,000 acres. The expected harvested area, at 26,700 acres, is 2,600 acres below last year.
Acres planted to dry beans, at 40,000 acres, are down 13 percent from last year. Harvested acres are expected to total 38,000 acres.
Fall potatoes located in the San Luis Valley showed a 3 percent decrease in planted acres from 54,200 acres last year to 52,800 acres this year. Fall potatoes located outside the San Luis Valley in Colorado (included in Summer Potatoes prior to 2013) totaled 6,300 acres, up from 6,000 acres last year.