Source: farmdoc daily(9):151, Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, August 15, 2019.
The Farm Service Agency (FSA) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture released county acreages for crops and prevent plantings based on acreage reports filed by farmers. Even though prevent plant totaled 19 million acres in the United States, planted corn acres in 2019 are only slightly lower than 2018 values. With notable exceptions, corn acres decreased in counties that had large areas of prevent planting and increased in acres with little prevent planting. Soybean acres fell over the vast majority of counties in the United States.
FSA Acreage Data
FSA released their first set of 2019 county-level acreage data on August 1 (see Crop Acreage Data of FSA). This data indicated that there were 85.9 million acres of corn planted in the United States, down by 1% from the 2018 plantings of 86.4 million acres (see Table 1)
The 2019 planting number (85.9 million acres) is expected to increase as FSA continues to update values monthly until January 2020. From 2011 to 2018, corn acreage in the final January report averaged 1.8% higher than the initial August report. However, in recent years, the increase has been much lower. From 2016 to 2018, the January value was .7% higher than the initial August value. A 1.3% increase – the average from 2011 to 2018 – would increase 2019 planted corn acres to 87.4 million acres. A .7% increase – the average from 2016 to 2018 – would increase planted acres to 86.4 million acres, roughly the same as the planted acreage for 2018. Continue reading