New report shows more than 19.4 million acres not planted
A new report issued this week from the US Department of Agriculture shows that more than 19.4 million acres of farmland across the country didn’t get planted this year due to flooding and frequent spring rains.
In the six counties of far southwest Minnesota, nearly 224,000 acres did not get planted this spring. Farmers in northwest Iowa fared a bit better, but still had between 7,000 and 8,000 acres unplanted in each of Lyon, Osceola and Dickinson counties.
Murray County had the highest number of acres classified as prevented plant with the USDA Farm Service Agency at 65,250.
Jackson County reported 31,948 acres of prevented plant, while Cottonwood County had 13,898 acres. Acres were widespread in Jackson County, while in Cottonwood County, producers in the southern two-thirds were the hardest hit in terms of not being able to plant a crop.
The National Agricultural Statistics Service released a report on Monday noting that corn production nationwide is down 4% this year from 2018, and soybean production is down 19% for the same one-year period.
The corn for grain forecast is 13.9 billion bushels, with an anticipated average yield of 169.5 bushels per acre, down 6.9 bushels per acre from 2018. The soybean forecast is at 3.68 billion bushels, with average yields anticipated at 48.5 bushels per acre, down 3.1 bushels per acre from 2018.