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USDA survey shows corn acres planted this season down

BROOKINGS — According to a recent survey conducted by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service actual corn acres planted in 2014 are down, while soybean acres planted are up.

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“South Dakota’s 2014 production of corn and soybeans is projected to be 18 million bushels less than the 2013 actual production. The decrease is a combination of corn down 31 million bushels and soybeans up 13 million bushels. Structurally, the 2014 projected production will not add to basis pressure,” said Jack Davis, SDSU Extension Crops Business Management Field Specialist.

Farmers in South Dakota planted 5.9 million acres of corn and 4.95 million acres of soybeans in 2014. Actual corn acres are down 5 percent from 2013; while actual soybean acres planted are up 7.6 percent from last year’s actual planted acres.

Actual planted acres were reported in USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Acreage Report.

“Production and production per acre are based on harvested acres because not all planted acres will be harvested for grain, some will be cut for forage and/or abandoned,” Davis said.

To arrive at production estimates, each crop’s actual planted acres are adjusted to harvested historical average to arrive at the production potential for 2014.

— Source: SDSU Extension