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PROSPECTIVE PLANTINGS – MARCH 1, 2016
As of March 1, Colorado growers intend to plant 1.25 million acres of corn for all purposes in 2016, up 150,000 acres, or 14 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 intentions total 360,000 acres, down 80,000 acres from plantings last year. The area expected to be seeded to oats, at 30,000 acres, is down 15,000 acres from a year ago. Most of the oat acreage in Colorado is harvested for hay. Growers intend to plant 78,000 acres of barley in 2016, up 13,000 acres from last year’s actual plantings.
All wheat acreage is expected to total 2.21 million acres for 2016. Winter wheat seeded last fall for harvest in 2016 is estimated at 2.20 million acres, down 200,000 acres from the 2015 crop. Growers intend to seed 6,000 acres of spring wheat this year, down 2,000 acres from last year.
Hay producers in the State intend to harvest 1.40 million acres this year. This is down 50,000 acres from the acreage cut for hay in 2015.
Growers intend to plant 49,000 acres of sunflowers this year, down 24,000 acres from what they planted in 2015. The acreage of oil varieties is expected to total 40,000 acres, down 20,000 acres from last year’s plantings. The area for non-oil varieties is expected to be down 4,000 acres to 9,000 acres this year.
The area planted to sugarbeets is expected to be up 5,300 acres from last year’s actual plantings to 32,800 acres.
Dry edible bean acreage is expected to total 55,000 acres, up 10 percent from the 50,000 acres planted in 2015. As of March 29, mountain snowpack was 96 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.
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