Producers in South Dakota intend to plant 300,000 more acres of corn in 2012, according to the South Dakota office of the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service. These intentions are based on a March 1 survey. Any planting changes due to weather or other factors will be accounted for when actual plantings are obtained in early June.
Corn plantings in South Dakota for 2012 are expected to total 5.5 million acres, up 300,000 acres from last year. If these acres are actually planted, this would tie the record from 1931 for the largest number of corn acres planted in South Dakota.
Soybean plantings are expected to total 4.3 million acres, up 5 percent from the 4.10 million acres a year ago.
All hay acreage to be harvested is estimated at 3.5 million acres, down 50,000 acres from last year.
Winter wheat acres seeded last fall totaled 1.35 million acres, down 18 percent from a year earlier. Other spring wheat seeding intentions are at 1.10 million acres, down 12 percent from 2011. Durum wheat seeding intentions, at 8,000 acres, are unchanged from last year.
Sunflower acreage is expected to total 540,000 acres, up 11 percent from last year. Oil sunflowers will account for 480,000 acres, up 65,000 acres from 2011. Non-oil sunflowers will account for 60,000 acres, down 10,000 acres from 2011.
Sorghum planted acreage is expected to total 170,000 acres, up 13 percent from last year.
Oats to be seeded, estimated at 130,000 acres, are up 8 percent from 2011.
Barley seedings, estimated at 30,000 acres, are up 5,000 acres from 2011.
Flax seedings, estimated at 10,000 acres, are up 2,000 acres from 2011.
Dry edible bean planting intentions, estimated at 15,000 acres, are up 4,800 acres from last year.
Source: USDA NASS SD Field Office