03-31-17 *USDA-NASS News* The latest Prospective Plantings Report…

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PROSPECTIVE PLANTINGS – March 31, 2017

COLORADO HIGHLIGHTS

As of March 1, Colorado growers intend to plant 1.30 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2017, down 40,000 acres, or 3 percent from last year’s plantings, according to the March 1 Agricultural Survey conducted by the Mountain Regional Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Sorghum planting intentions total 450,000 acres, unchanged from last year. The area expected to be seeded to oats, at 55,000 acres, is unchanged from a year ago. Most of the oat acreage in Colorado is harvested for hay. Growers intend to plant 62,000 acres of barley in 2017, down 17,000 acres from last year’s actual plantings. All wheat acreage is expected to total 2.31 million acres for 2017. Winter wheat seeded last fall for harvest in 2017 is estimated at 2.30 million acres, down 50,000 acres from the 2016 crop. Growers intend to seed 8,000 acres of spring wheat this year, down 3,000 acres from last year. Hay producers in the State intend to harvest 1.35 million acres this year. This is down 30,000 acres from the acreage cut for hay in 2016. Growers intend to plant 81,000 acres of sunflowers this year, up 7,000 acres from what they planted in 2016. The acreage of oil varieties is expected to total 65,000 acres, up 5,000 acres from last year’s plantings. The area for non-oil varieties is expected to be up 2,000 acres to 16,000 acres this year. The area planted to sugarbeets is expected to be down 100 acres from last year’s actual plantings to 28,000 acres. Dry edible bean acreage is expected to total 59,000 acres, up 28 percent from the 46,000 acres planted in 2016. As of February 27, mountain snowpack was 138 percent of average, statewide. Final acreages actually planted for several crops will be determined by irrigation water prospects, soil moisture levels at planting time, and changes in economic conditions between now and actual planting.

US HIGHLIGHTS

Corn planted area for all purposes in 2017 is estimated at 90.0 million acres, down 4 percent or 4.0 million acres from last year. Compared with last year, planted acreage is expected to be down or unchanged in 38 of the 48 estimating States.

Growers intend to plant 5.76 million acres of sorghum for all purposes in 2017, down 14 percent from last year

Area seeded to oats for the 2017 crop year is estimated at 2.70 million acres, down 5 percent from 2016. If realized, United States planted area will be the second lowest on record.

Producers intend to seed 2.55 million acres of barley for the 2017 crop year, down 17 percent from the previous year. If realized, seeded area for barley will be the lowest on record.

All wheat planted area for 2017 is estimated at 46.1 million acres, down 8 percent from 2016. This represents the lowest total planted area for the United States since records began in 1919. The 2017 winter wheat planted area, at 32.7 million acres, is down 9 percent from last year but up 1 percent from the previous estimate. Of this total, about 23.8 million acres are Hard Red Winter, 5.53 million acres are Soft Red Winter, and 3.38 million acres are White Winter. Area planted to other spring wheat for 2017 is estimated at 11.3 million acres, down 3 percent from 2016. Of this total, about 10.6 million acres are Hard Red Spring wheat. The intended Durum planted area for 2017 is estimated at 2.00 million acres, down 17 percent from the previous year.

Producers intend to harvest 52.8 million acres of all hay in 2017, down 1 percent from 2016. If realized, this will represent the lowest total hay harvested area since 1908.

Growers intend to plant a total of 1.45 million acres of sunflowers in 2017, down 9 percent from 2016. If realized, this will be the lowest planted area for the Nation since 1976. Area intended for oil type varieties, at 1.16 million acres, is down 18 percent from 2016, and will be the lowest since 1976, if realized. Area intended for non-oil varieties, estimated at 295,000, is up 65 percent from last year

Area expected to be planted to sugarbeets for the 2017 crop year is estimated at 1.13 million acres, down 2 percent from 2016. Intended plantings are below the previous year in eight of the 11 estimating States.

Area planted to dry beans in 2017 is expected to be 1.87 million acres, up 12 percent from the previous season

For a full copy of the Prospective Plantings report please visit www.nass.usda.gov.

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