Spring Planting Push

As expected, the USDA announced very favorable 2012 planting-season projections for our state and national corn and wheat farmers, proving again that our growers are capable of producing food, feed and fuel year after year.

Ohio and other Corn Belt states will set records this year, resulting from favorable weather and corn prices. If projected acres are realized, there will be a 4 percent increase from 2011.

Nationally, wheat is also faring well. If projected acres are realized, there will be 55.9 million acres of wheat planted across the county, which is also an increase from 2011.

Based from a March 1 prospective plantings survey, Ohio farmers intend to increase corn acreage and will naturally have a decrease of wheat acreage as a result of the wet and challenging fall.

Projected National Planting Highlights

  • 95.9 million acres of corn intended
  • 75-year-high corn acreage
  • Largest corn acreage in the United States since 1937
  • 3 percent wheat-acreage increase

Projected Ohio Highlights

  • 3,800,000 intended acres of corn
  • 12 percent increase of corn acres from 2011
  • 580,000 planted acres of wheat from 2011

Though the warmer weather is luring Ohio farmers to the fields, it’s important to keep in mind that these reports are speculations and that current market prices will adjust daily according to trader expectations and grain stock reports. Ohio farmers need to consider potential cold-weather surges (April 15 is the average last-freeze date), as well as the fact that crop insurance policies do not protect replanting costs if farmers plant before the earliest seeding date, which is April 6, before beginning the planting process.

It’s always good to remember standby planting tips to maximize your results, as outlined at the following Ohio’s Country Journal story.

Let us know about your planting forecast and progression.

We welcome your questions/comments about or related to our work to support and advance the Ohio grain industry. If you’re interested in joining OCWGA, please contact us.

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